One Belt, One Road: Opportunities and Risks

29 August 2017

One Belt, One Road (OBOR) is a USD 4 trillion Chinese initiative aimed at developing integrated trade corridors across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The initiative will see China expand domestic and overseas investment in transport, as well as the associated energy, power and industrial infrastructure required to strengthen trade links.

OBOR will result in varied investment opportunities across sectors and states. However, investors will face diverse threats. Firms must first understand the risk environment facing a particular project if they are to effectively take advantage of investment opportunities. Risks can be addressed by political risk insurance, as well as political violence, terrorism and sabotage and kidnap-for-ransom insurance.

In this Risk Focus, we highlight select opportunity locations in eight OBOR countries, underscoring the principal risks facing investors. This is accompanied by pricing outlooks, World Risk Review ratings and a market insight considering insurer appetite for OBOR projects.

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For further information please contact Ruth Lux, Senior Consultant, Credit, Political & Security Risks on +44 (0)20 7886 5409 or email