Health and technology are highlights of Belt and Road & Brazil Project’s first report
The Brazil-China Study Center at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Rio de Janeiro Law School, through its Belt and Road & Brazil Project (BR&Br), has just published the First BR&Br Report (August 2020). Against the backdrop of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), this document comments on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impacts in the particular context of the new Silk Road and global circumstances, as well as ensuing transformations.
The Health BRI and Digital BRI are just some of the innovative arrangements being implemented in new conditions. The report, authored by Evandro M. de Carvalho (the coordinator of the Brazil-China Study Center) and researchers Daniel Veras and Pedro Steenhagen, also sets out broader reflections about international cooperation and the importance of multilateralism in solving common problems. In a global context in which many multilateral organizations are discredited, questioned and challenged, BRI continues to offer itself as a multilateral instrument with certain advantages that may be of interest to Brazil.
“Health and digital technology are receiving a lot of attention, as they are preconditions for the resumption of regular activities, and their impacts are so profound that they are even affecting politics, such as in ‘cloud diplomacy,’ shortening distances and speeding up cultural exchange. Another example is the relationship between China and Latin American countries, which are at opposite sides of the world, but can now communicate instantly via videoconference. From the perspective of medical equipment, the physical infrastructure fostered by BRI lends itself to the purpose of making all inputs reach the farthest locations,” the report says.
The document also says that although they are not directly linked to BRI, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and New Development Bank (also known as the BRICS Bank, as it involves Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are contributing to this initiative and they have concrete opportunities to insert Brazil on the international stage.
The full report is available free of charge here.