BELT AND ROAD

One Belt, One Road, One Bank

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Boosting trade between East and West

The Belt and Road initiative is a China-led strategy to strengthen global trade links across the world – in particular between Asia, Africa and Europe.

It’s the most ambitious and far-reaching initiative of its kind in history.

Mirroring ancient trading routes, the Belt and Road will see huge investment in an array of large-scale infrastructure projects along these two land and sea corridors. This will significantly boost trade, economic growth and social development across continents, including many developing countries.

The Belt:

The land route runs along the ancient Silk Road that for centuries connected China with Europe via Central Asia and Russia. Once completed, it will consist of a number of new road and rail routes, as well as energy pipelines and other key infrastructure.

The Road:

The sea route is a maritime trade corridor built for the 21st century. It will stretch from Chinese coastal ports all the way to Europe via new and upgraded ports in the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. 

Opportunities in your region The Belt and Road: China-led initiative with a global impact

Spanning over 65 countries with 4.4 billion people, and accounting for a third of the global GDP, the Belt and Road initiative will have a huge impact on the global economy and local businesses.

Find out what the opportunities are in your region and how Standard Chartered can help.

Leading the Belt and Road initiative

China is the architect and a key driving force behind the Belt and Road initiative, an economic and strategic masterplan that spans 65 per cent of the world’s population and more than one-third of global GDP. Belt and Road will create new trade, infrastructure and investment links between China and its partner countries elsewhere in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Russia.

Sharing in the proceeds

Between 2014 and 2016, China’s trade with Belt and Road nations exceeded USD3 trillion. In addition, it has pledged to purchase USD2 trillion worth of imports from Belt and Road countries by 2022. It is expected that Belt and Road projects will continue to drive growth across the world – with an eventual estimated global GDP boost of 12 per cent.

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Servicing the region

Standard Chartered has a long history of collaborating with Chinese commercial banks and an in-depth insight into the political, economic and cultural environment. We also collaborate extensively with key Chinese Belt and Road strategic driving forces, such as policy banks, export credit agencies, investment funds and multilateral development banks.

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Local presence and unrivalled solutions

Our South Asia network extends throughout India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, and across multiple Belt and Road flagship projects. These include the China and Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor (BCIM-EC). Click here to learn how Belt and Road is impacting economic development in Bangladesh.

Award-winning support

Standard Chartered played a pivotal role in helping a power generation company develop a duel-fuel combined cycle power plant in Bangladesh. We have also served as a trusted partner to multiple Chinese enterprises seeking to expand in the region. In 2018, Standard Chartered won the Asiamoney ‘New Silk Road Finance Award for Regional Bank of the Year for BRI (South Asia)’, and the ‘Best Bank for BRI-related Financing in the Region (South Asia)’ award.

Servicing the region

Our extensive and longstanding footprint in South Asia has provided us with a profound understanding of the region’s unique social, political, legal and regulatory environments. This enables us to provide comprehensive support and unrivalled solutions for our clients on the ground across a broad range of banking services.

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Central to the success of Belt and Road

The Belt and Road initiative presents significant opportunities for the ten countries that make up ASEAN. China has emphasised its commitment to direct the Maritime Silk Road towards ASEAN countries, and new infrastructure projects will enhance connectivity and cooperation between ASEAN and China, strengthening trade, finance and investment ties.

Award-winning support

Standard Chartered is continually strengthening its links across the various Belt and Road corridors that cross this region. We regularly host Belt and Road events in ASEAN countries, in order to better understand our clients’ needs and align with market shifts. Demonstrating our value-add, Standard Chartered won the 2018 Asiamoney New Silk Road Finance awards for ‘Best International Bank in the Region (Southeast Asia)’, and ‘Best Bank for Infrastructure/Project Finance in the Region (Southeast Asia)’.

Servicing the region

Standard Chartered is the only international bank that has a presence in all 10 ASEAN markets. Currently spanning 30,000 staff and 400 branches, our visibility in the region also dates back 150 years, demonstrating consistency, longevity and commitment to the region.

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Growing Sino-African trade and ties

Sino-African trade has been on a significant upward trajectory in recent decades, rising from USD29.5 billion in 2004 to USD149.1 billion in 2016. Belt and Road will accelerate this rise in trade, helping to cement Africa’s position as the world’s fastest growing region. View the potential impact of Belt and Road on Africa’s economies here.

Award-winning support

Standard Chartered has been a trusted partner to many African businesses seeking to leverage new opportunities through Belt and Road. This on-the-ground experience spans multiple industries and banking services. In 2018, Standard Chartered won the Asiamoney ‘New Silk Road Finance Award for Regional Bank of the Year for BRI (Africa)’.

Servicing the region

Standard Chartered has a proven history of product delivery for clients in Africa, earning a strong reputation in the process. We can deliver a wide range of services and solutions, from sophisticated hedging strategies to FX services, centralised liquidity, currency swap arrangements, investment strategies and support for mergers and acquisitions.

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Local support

The growing influence of Islamic banking

Central to the successful delivery of Belt and Road initiatives in the Middle East is a proven capability in Islamic banking. Through its dedicated global Islamic business, Saadiq, Standard Chartered is able to provide Islamic banking products and services to clients across the region. Read why the UAE is an ideal fit for Belt and Road here.

Regional strength

Standard Chartered has an established presence in the UAE that allows it to support global trade and build on the close relationship between the UAE and China. Dubai’s unique ability to connect Asia and Africa is critical to capitalising on emerging opportunities through the Belt and Road initiative. In 2018, Standard Chartered won the Asiamoney ‘New Silk Road Finance Award for Regional Bank of the Year for BRI (Middle East)’.

Servicing the region

Through Saadiq, we offer a wealth of experience working alongside governments, regulatory authorities and industrial bodies to design and structure high-quality Islamic financing. You can find out more about Standard Chartered’s innovative and fully Shariah-compliant banking services here.

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Extending bilateral trade opportunities

The Belt and Road initiative will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of trade between Europe and China – and other proposed routes. Though its impact on individual European markets will vary, there is a growing awareness of the economic and strategic implications of Belt and Road, and a willingness to reflect these in European policies and bilateral political relations.

Spotlight on the UK: A key financial hub

The largest exporter of financial services in the world, the UK has the skills, experience and expertise necessary in the operations of many Chinese companies as they seek to take on a more prominent role in international trade. With our headquarters in London and a long-standing presence in China – and 45 Belt and Road markets – Standard Chartered is in a unique position to act as a bridge from East to West, under the Belt and Road initiative.

The UK has already significantly contributed to this initiative, as the first major European country to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which focuses on projects across the Asia-Pacific region – including Belt and Road markets – that unlock opportunities for British companies. This early membership, along with the establishment of the UK-China Infrastructure Alliance (which promotes commercial collaboration in both markets and in third-party markets, in particular along the Belt and Road) are both clear indicators of the UK’s relevance to Belt and Road.

The UK as a leader in offshore renminbi

The UK is ranked #2 in the offshore renminbi (RMB) market, and London has become a global marketplace for Belt and Road financing solutions. Use of the RMB is expected to rise further as the Belt and Road initiative expands, and the scale of projects under its scope will continue to drive the RMB’s global relevance.

Servicing the region

We offer our clients access to our extensive network of European banking operations, including key markets such as the UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Turkey. The region stands to benefit significantly as the Belt and Road network forms – boosting connections from freight and other transport, to knowledge exchanges. Click here to find out more.

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Awards Standard Chartered has years of experience in facilitating successful Belt and Road projects for our clients. Here is the proof:

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OUR BELT AND ROAD FOOTPRINT We offer an unrivalled presence

We have hundreds of branches and offices across 45 Belt and Road markets, covering almost 70 per cent of our global footprint.

No other bank can offer you the presence and experience we've built across these regions over the past 150 years. Find out how we're using our knowledge, expertise and network to support Belt and Road projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle East

We’ve built strong and strategic partnerships with the Silk Road Fund, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, New Development Bank, Chinese policy banks and Chinese commercial banks.

This helps ensure your company has our full institutional support as you embrace Belt and Road.

We can unlock access to the RMB market and other currencies worldwide, as well as helping you choose the best ways to make the most of your liquidity.

Ideal for managing large-scale, trans-national infrastructure projects linked to Belt and Road.

Most Belt and Road projects require cross-industry expertise that’s highly integrated. Thanks to our local knowledge combined with our global reach, we’ve developed expert knowledge across many different industries.

These include public utilities, energy, telecommunications, automotive, chemical, manufacturing and many more.

Whatever your involvement in Belt and Road projects, we can offer you tailor-made financing.

These products include project and export finance, mergers and acquisitions financing, loan syndication, debt capital and financial markets products, trade and cash management.

With our presence in 45 Belt and Road markets, we can draw on our global capabilities as an international bank whilst making the most of our on-the-ground knowledge and experience.

This international and local exposure allows us to offer you a unique set of products.

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OUR SERVICES The tailored support you need for your Belt and Road journey

Transaction banking

We're the strategic partners for Chinese firms looking to invest overseas and vice versa, thanks to our expertise in Belt and Road markets and pioneering transaction services. We can help you with cash management, trade service, securities services and electronic or mobile banking.

600 sales in 47 locations

We recently helped one of China’s largest state-owned banks beat their competitors and successfully bid to provide financial services for a USD800 million Belt and Road power plant construction project in Oman.

Financial markets

Our specialist teams in the world's key financial markets, as well as our global presence, help ensure we develop the closest possible relationships with investors. This helps us stay up to speed with the latest developments in each market and seek out the most exciting opportunities for you.

We can help with foreign exchanges, commodities, debt capital markets and capital market solutions.

600 sales in 38 locations

We arranged a long-term cross-currency swap for one of our clients to help them invest in Indonesian Belt and Road projects. Thanks to our footprint across 49 emerging markets, we were perfectly placed to offer a tailored solution to address our client's inability to access Chinese CNH and RMB currency in Indonesia.

Corporate finance

We can successfully guide you through the most complex financing scenarios. This includes helping to identify investment opportunities, make valuations and carry out negotiations in areas such as acquisitions and restructuring. 

500 professionals in 27 locations

We identified an opportunity for a Chinese client to acquire one of the largest producers of fire-fighting vehicles in the world – a strategic gain to complement their airport facilities segment.

KEY FACTS ABOUT OUR SERVICES

600

sales in Transaction Banking in 47 locations

70

70 per cent of our global footprint along Belt & Road (B&R) markets

600

USD billion B&R facilitating financing

63

analysts in global research team

150

over 150-year history

100

among the top largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange

Best bank for RMB services

Global Finance Stars of China Award 2017

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS What our clients say

Awards Standard Chartered Bank has years of experience in facilitating successful Belt and Road projects for our clients. Here is the proof:

Best Overall International Bank For One Belt, One Road

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Latest thinking

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Our Renminbi Globalisation Index has tracked the internationalisation of China’s currency since 2011

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Belt and Road: Collaboration is the key

Though Sino-centric in design, international participation is central to Belt and Road’s success.

3 Jan 2019

One masterplan. Six corridors.

Belt and Road is defined by six corridors – each with unique trade and investment opportunities.

3 Jan 2019

Belt and Road: Keeping commodities moving

As Belt and Road infrastructure projects spring up, the pattern of global commodities trade is shifting.

3 Jan 2019

Enabling clean energy

Belt and Road has the potential to foster a revolution in the development of green energy. Learn how.

3 Jan 2019

Belt and Road shines through the US-China trade dispute

Could the trade dispute be fuelling the growth of the world's largest infrastructure trade project?

Trade beyond borders | 21 Nov 2018

Belt and Road shines through the US-China trade dispute

Could the trade dispute be fuelling the growth of the world's largest infrastructure trade project?

Trade beyond borders | 21 Nov 2018

Beyond construction

Connection, not just construction. Look beyond Belt and Road’s vast investment in infrastructure and discover a new narrative about connectivity.

9 Oct 2018

Opportunities to serve the greater good

Serving the greater good. True success requires Belt and Road to marry economic growth with social mobility and sustainability.

9 Oct 2018

Asian infrastructure

Tackling Asia’s funding gap Belt and Road is aligning Asian investors looking for opportunities with projects that need their money.

9 Oct 2018

What the Belt and Road initiative means for business in Bangladesh

How Bangladesh benefits from Belt and Road Bangladesh could play a prominent role as goods and capital flow westwards from…

9 Oct 2018

Understanding the role of banks

Discover the banks that are helping put Belt and Road’s philosophy of shared prosperity into action.

9 Oct 2018

What the Belt and Road initiative means for the world

What Belt and Road means for the world The impact of Belt and Road will be felt around the world…

9 Oct 2018

Belt and Road by numbers

Crunching the Belt and Road numbers Belt and Road has the potential to redraw the global trade map. The statistics…

9 Oct 2018

Belt and Road: The biggest beneficiaries

The biggest beneficiaries of the Belt and Road. There are over 65 nations involved in Belt and Road, with four…

9 Oct 2018

The Belt and Road: The potential to transform economies on its route

Transforming global trade. What does Belt and Road mean for nations on its routes? Massive investment and economic transformation.

9 Oct 2018

China investments enter a new era

International investors are increasing their exposure to China, our latest survey finds

Trade beyond borders | 22 Jun 2018

Five ways Belt and Road is taking shape

The world’s biggest infrastructure project is beginning to deliver on its promise to deepen trade, investment and infrastructure links

Trade beyond borders | 30 Nov 2017

The chance for banks to show their worth

Being a bank that’s a force for good is just as important as being one that fosters economic growth and…

Explore our world | 6 Sep 2017

Belt and Road – why the UK will gain

China’s ambitious infrastructure project could help cement London as the world’s top financial centre after Brexit

Trade beyond borders | 22 Jun 2017

What the renminbi’s rise means for Africa and the Middle East

Emerging markets stand to benefit significantly from the internationalisation of China’s currency

Trade beyond borders | 4 Jan 2016

All change for Asia’s affluent investors

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Grow your wealth | 20 Aug 2014

Awards Standard Chartered has years of experience in facilitating successful Belt and Road projects for our clients. Here is the proof:

Best Overall International Bank For One Belt, One Road

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Awards Standard Chartered has years of experience in facilitating successful Belt and Road projects for our clients. Here is the proof:

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