Repaving the Ancient Silk Routes - Realizing Opportunities along the Belt and Road

Mark Rathbone, Capital Projects and Infrastructure, Asia-Pacific Leader, Partner PwC Singapore and David Wijeratne, Partner, Growth Markets Centre Lead, PwC

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : September 26, 2017

Time : 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Price : $0.00

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Hosted by the Supply Chain, Transportation & Logistics and Government & Regional Affairs Committees

China's Belt and Road (B&R) initiative is a global connectivity programme on infrastructure development that spans across 65 countries and 6 economic corridors, and will impact a population of about 4.4 billion, or one third of the global economy. This initiative goes beyond roads and ports, to include airports, power plants, pipelines, waste and water management facilities and telecommunications. These are supported by extensive ecosystems, providing opportunities for international professional and project management expertise. 

The B&R initiative presents numerous opportunities for foreign companies to be involved. The size and complexity of B&R projects also means that enterprises from both China and along the B&R seek to partner with foreign companies, which have globally recognized skills and capabilities, as well as experience in managing complex international engagements. 

However, identifying the right B&R project and preparing for success raises a number of complex questions. In this session, Mark Rathbone, Capital Projects and Infrastructure, Asia Pacific Leader, Partner, PwC Singapore; and David Wijeratne, Partner, Growth Markets Centre Leader, PwC will address:

·  How to evaluate which B&R project to be involved in

·  The risks associated with B&R projects

·  Factors that allow companies to be positioned for success

This is in line with PwC Growth Markets Centre's recently launched publication, Repaving the Ancient Silk Routes which explores the range of opportunities for foreign companies to get involved in China's B&R initiative, and how to best position themselves for success. The executive summary of Repaving the Ancient Silk Routes was also launched at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2017 in Cambodia recently. 

About the Speakers


Mark Rathbone

Capital Projects and Infrastructure

Asia-Pacific Leader, Partner

PwC Singapore


Mark is a Chartered Accountant with significant experience in delivering complex infrastructure transactions as an advisor to both public and private sectors. He leads capital projects and infrastructure advisory team in Singapore and South East Asia advising both public and private sector clients in solving complex infrastructure procurement and financings.

Mark has advised on transactions in the following sectors: transport, oil and gas, sport, leisure and stadiums, power/renewables and utilities (including water), education, healthcare and IT. He has also worked on transactions in UK, South Africa, Singapore, HK/China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines and Brunei.

Specialties: Deal Advisory, Project Finance, PPP/PFI, Risk, Fund Raising and Negotiation, Debt Advisory, Secondary Market and Corporate Finance Transactions in Infrastructure.



David Wijeratne


Growth Markets Centre Leader,



David leads PwC’s Growth Markets Centre, which is a global team focused on supporting companies enter and expand into the growth markets. This team brings companies the full benefit of PwC’s global expertise; including Strategy, Operations, Deals, Talent and Tax, to support them successfully navigate these volatile markets throughout their growth markets journey.

David has over 16 years global experience in Management Consulting, Sales and Marketing, having previously worked with leading firms such as ICI and Accenture, before joining PwC. His international experience includes several years living and working with companies in Japan, Europe, Middle East, India and most recently Singapore. During this time he has supported multi-nationals and mid-sized companies from both developed and growth markets overcome strategic and operational growth issues, including market entry strategies and assessments, partner identification, operating model design, channel management, corporate finance and customer experience. David has served clients from a variety of sectors, including Industrial Products, Retail & Consumer, Telecoms and Electronics from both the developed and emerging markets.

In his previous role, he led PwC’s Indian market entry initiatives, working with global clients to assist them in assessing and identifying growth opportunities within their respective industries in the Indian market.

David and his team publishes regular reports and points of view about the growth markets which can be accessed via

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