Dialogue on Chinese investments brings together experts in Thailand

The Mott Foundation and EarthRights International organized the “Transcontinental Dialogue on Chinese Investment and Financing in the Global South” in Chiang Mai, Thailand (10/28/2017). The BRICS Policy Center was present through the participation of the researcher of the Socioambiental Platform, Prof. Maria Elena Rodriguez.

The event brought together representatives of civil society, academia and government to address issues such as: China’s economic reform process – the Go-Out strategy, its expansion and presence abroad; the environmental and social lines applied by Chinese companies abroad; the emergence of environmental NGOs in China; the emergence of environmental legislation in China; among others.

A Prof. Maria Elena participated in the “China’s bilateral relations with Brazil, Ecuador, Argentina and Colombia” tables, which dealt with the economic and political context of bilateral relations with China; the present and the future of relations with China (by examining agreements, loans and trade); the new challenges for civil society in terms of participation, access to information, environmental and social impacts; and the social (collective and individual) impacts facing communities affected by the projects. In addition, Rodriguez presented the paper “Financing in Energy in Brazil”, of her authorship, in the session of “Case Studies in Latin America (Part 1)”.


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