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Extending the New Silk Road to West Asia and Africa

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A new Schiller Institute strategic report by Hussein Askary and Jason Ross.

November 2017

Are you ready for the coming economic renaissance in Africa and West Asia? Stay ahead of the curve with the the Schiller Institute’s new ground breaking report, “Extending the New Silk Road to West Asia and Africa.”

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is already beginning to unlock the incredible growth potential throughout the vast African continent and the West Asian region–and this is only the beginning.

The Schiller Institute’s new report covers not only ongoing and proposed infrastructure projects, but defines the scientific-economic principles underlying a new economic platform for the region. This vision of the future is completely different than anything you’ll get from the general media or standard think tank analysis.

See also: The New Silk Road Becomes the World Land-Bridge: A Shared Future for Humanity, Vol. II

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A New Global Paradigm
China’s Role in the Economic Renaissance of West Asia and Africa
What is Win-Win Philosophy?
The Age of Mega-Projects Is Back
Redefining ‘Sustainable Development’
‘Helping’ or Empowering Africa?
The African Union Aims High
Africa Must Leap Ahead, Not Crawl Forward!

Chapter 2:
The Silk Road Reaches Africa
China in Africa: Myths or Facts
Europe, not China, Is Engaged in Land Grabbing in Africa
Defining an African Future

Chapter 3:
The Economic Science Behind the World Land-Bridge
What is Infrastructure, Really?
Economics: The Ultimate Science

Chapter 4:
Financing Regional and National Infrastructure
Money vs. Credit
Credit and Productivity
President Roosevelt’s RFC
A Southwest Asia/Africa Regional Infrastructure Bank
Cooperation with International Development Banks
Appendix: Egypt: Internal financing of development
A National Reconstruction and Development Bank
Appendix: “LaRouche on Money vs. Credit”

Chapter 5:
Demography and Development
Case Study: Egypt—Myth of Overpopulation
Moving Forward and Outward
Egypt Reclaims the Desert
The New Nile Valley

Chapter 6:
Integration of West Asia with the New Silk Road
The Bridge Among Continents
Completing the Land-Bridge Westward
Proposed Corridors Integrating Arab States
A Common Enemy: The Desert
Petrochemicals: Industry of the Future

Appendix—Case Study: Syria’s Reconstruction Project Phoenix
Financing Reconstruction in a Nation Ruined by War?
Syria and the New Silk Road

Chapter 7:
Africa — Transport Network Integration
Colonial Legacy
Dependency on Roads
Landlocked Nations
Turning a Crisis into an Opportunity

a. The Nile Basin and East Africa
Creating a Powerful North-South Axis
East Africa’s Economic Corridors

b. Southern Africa
Roads, Rails and Ports in Southern Africa
The South African High-Speed Rail Project
When Will South Africa Convert to Standard Gauge?
Africa’s North-South Corridor

c. West and Central Africa
Fast Track Development Perspective for West and Central Africa
Ports Connecting to the BRI
Development of West Africa
Development of Central Africa
Mechanized Agriculture: Africa Can Feed Itself and the Rest of the World

d. North Africa
Dreams and Setbacks
Highway Networks
Maghreb Railway Networks
Trans-Maghreb High-Speed Rail
Morocco Joins the BRI: Tanger-Med Port and Technopolis
Algeria Joins, Too!
Bridging the Gap Between Europe and Africa

Chapter 8:
Africa — Water Resources Development
the Water Cycle as a Cycle
Management of Land Flow
Africa Can Lead the World
Ocean Water
Management, Agricultural Development

Chapter 9:
To Power Africa, Go Nuclear!
Energy Requirements
An African Visionary: Cheikh Anta Diop

Chapter 10:
Africa — Food Security: Realizing Africa’s Vast Agricultural Potential
Land and Yield
China’s Contributions
Lake Chad Basin
Commitment to Transformation

Chapter 11:
Africa in Space
New Space Nations
Space as a Driver for Development
Case Study — South Africa: Looking to the Heavens to Develop the Continent
Imagination and Wonder
Space Technology Can Support Africa’s Development Goals
Working with China and the BRICS

Chapter 12:
Conclusions and Recommendations
Recommendation: Understanding Physical Economics
Recommendation: Financing Infrastructure
Recommendation: Science and Technology
Recommendation: Transport
Recommendation: Power
Recommendation: Water
Recommendation: Agriculture

Chapter 13:
Selection of Proposed Mega Projects in Africa
Pan-African High-Speed Rail Network
Regional and Continental Corridors
New Suez Canal and Industrial Zone
Transaqua: The Centerpiece of Africa’s Development
Grand Inga Dam Project
South African Nuclear Program
Sicily–Tunis Connector — TUNeIT
Gibraltar Euro-African Tunnel or Call (514) 461-1557