The Belt and Road Initiative - Impacts of the 'New Silk Road'- corridor on the city of Duisburg and the province of Gelderland
This research focussed on possible effects of the Chinese Belt and Road initiative (BRI) for the city of Duisburg and resulting consequences for the province of Gelderland. As a part of the terrestrial axis of the initiative multiple train connections already exist between different Chinese cities and Duisburg. It can be stated that the BRI is a very broad initiative including a lot of different dimension and projects. The main conclusion is that there already are a number of effects of the railway on the city of Duisburg, which encompass various dimensions. Regarding the province of Gelderland until now there are no effects observed. However, the BRI constitutes possible risks as well as opportunities for the province. It got clear that the province needs to react to the Chinese initiative, because doing nothing would mean that Gelderland would be excluded and perhaps even negative effects could be the result. To make a chance of benefiting of the ongoing developments connectivity to existing networks, demands of companies, cooperation with other actors and comparative advantages play important aspects for Gelderland. Nevertheless, only the future can show which effects exactly will occur.
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