Public procurement, regional integration and the belt and road initiative
Title: Public procurement, regional integration and the belt and road initiative
Publisher: European University Institute
Series/Number: EUI RSCAS; 2019/63; Global Governance Programme-358; [Global Economics]
China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a mechanism through which countries can upgrade connectivity-related infrastructure, including through cross-border projects, complementing traditional sources of finance. An overarching goal of the BRI is to reduce trade costs between China and partner countries, in part by helping to integrate regional markets. The large-scale borrowing associated with BRI projects has given rise to potential debt servicing and sustainability concerns. The rate of return of BRI regional infrastructure projects depends in part on the integrity of public procurement processes and realizing value for money objectives. To date BRI projects financed by Chinese institutions have been largely awarded to Chinese companies. In this paper, we discuss good practices and policy options to enhance transparency of BRI procurement processes and achieve value for money, including through international cooperation among countries participating in the BRI.
Subject: Belt and road initiative; China; Public procurement; Regional integration; International cooperation; F10; F13; H57
Type of Access: openAccess