China and EU in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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Room 2.01(Main auditorium - first floor), Wijnhaven Building

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China and EU in the MENA Region

The Second Public Round Table

As part of a series of public round table discussions, this event will explore EU and Chinese perspectives on the role of The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The aim of this public round table is to bring together researchers, companies and government officials to discuss how the EU should position itself with regard to the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) in the MENA region. The discussion will include examining the short- as well as long-term prospects of the BRI and their relevance to the three regions.

13:30-13:40 Opening and welcome statement by the chair, Zhang Ying (RSM)

13:40-13:50 Round of introductions by panelists

Joanna Konings

Senior Economist International Trade Research, ING

H.E. Shujjat Rathore

Ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands

Mohammadbagher Forough

Leiden University – Clingendael Institute

Zheng Zhi

Chief Correspondent at China Radio International, Brussels

Tony van der Togt

Clingendael Institute – Strategic Advisor to the Dutch MFA

13:50-14:00 Introduction: MENA Region in the New Silk Roads

By Mohammadbagher Forough (Leiden University - Clingendael)

14:00-14:40 Statements by the panelists (5 minutes each)

14:14-15:00 Q&A with the audience

15:00-15:15 Coffee/Tea Break

15:15-16:30 Debate on the questions

16:30 End of program

Questions to be discussed by the panelists include but are not limited to:

- What new geo-economic dynamics are taking place in the MENA region in

the context of BRI?

- How are the EU and MENA region reacting to the US trade war against China?

- What are the geopolitical consequences of this new geo-economics?

- What are the EU’s perspectives (opportunities and concerns) with regard to the MENA region and specifically the BRI investments in that region?

- What are Chinese geo-economics perspectives on the MENA region (risks and


- What role can individual EU countries (such as the Netherlands) play in this new Eurasian


- What are the environmental impacts of these regional dynamics?

- How do the geopolitical risks in the MENA region affect business and trade?

- Plus questions from the moderator and the audience


Due to the large number of people who have shown interest in this event, for their convenience, we have changed the location to:

Room 2.01 (main auditorium on the first floor), Wijnhaven Building

Turfmarkt 99

2511 DP, The Hague

We are looking forward to seeing all of you at what promises to be an informative and exciting event.

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