Sustainable Silk Roads: new event

14 September 2017

Ensuring sustainability is at the heart of China’s plans to revive and expand its historic trade routes will be the focus of a conference, Sustainable Silk Roads, in Edinburgh on 4 and 5 October 2017.

Newly announced: the Rt Hon Gordon Brown to speak at Sustainable Silk Roads.

The event, organised in association with ECCI and held in the University of Edinburgh’s newly-refurbished McEwan Hall, is aimed at businesses, academics and policy-makers.

It will explore the main economic, geopolitical, environmental and cultural aspects of China’s Belt and Road project, as well as looking at funding and other opportunities relevant to Scottish and UK businesses.

Workshops and panels will focus on the themes of green infrastructure, water, energy and data.

Chairs, moderators and speakers will include:

  • Chen Liming, Chairman of IBM, Greater China
  • Gregory Hodkinson, Global Chair, Arup
  • Juhong Wang, General Manager, Tencent, developers of WeChat
  • Henry Tillman of Grisons Peak & China Outbound Investments
  • Wei Sun, Shanghai Lijiazui Financial City London Office
  • Adrian Sym, Alliance for Water Stewardship
  • Jaya Skandamoorthy, BRE, China

The event is being co-ordinated by the Confucius Institute for Scotland in association with ECCI, China Britain Business Council, World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC) and University of Edinburgh Business School.

The conference will act as the 13th biannual Forum of the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC), attracting international experts from Finland, Sweden, China and elsewhere.

Ed Craig, ECCI’s Deputy Director and Head of Innovation, said:

“China’s plan to re-establish the ancient silk trade routes has been described as the world’s biggest economic development initiative – we want to make sure it’s the most sustainable too.

“If successful, it will stretch across 65 countries that account for around 60% of the world’s population. The opportunities to embed low carbon technology and innovation are immeasurable.”

Conference tickets cost £75 per day or £110 for two days. For further information and to book, please visit the conference website.