KUWAIT: To provide a forum for informed debate about global economic issues that affect Kuwaiti policymakers, investors, and businesses, the US Embassy and Reconnaissance Research hosted a discussion about China’s ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ at the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday. Peter Raymond, a prominent American advisor on infrastructure projects, presented an analysis of Belt and Road Initiative projects in the Middle East and Asia. He described both the benefits and the issues these projects have encountered, such as high operating costs, poor construction quality, debt burdens, and corruption scandals. He also discussed China’s Digital Silk Road, the technological extension of Belt and Road that has raised concerns about technology dependency and surveillance. “Discussions like this increase transparency and knowledge as Kuwaiti government and business leaders make important decisions,” US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Larry Memmott said. “Mr Raymond has decades of experience advising governments and companies, and we hope that his analysis will help decision makers evaluate offers for...read more...