What is the BRIX?
Belt & Road Institute in Sweden
The Belt & Road Institute in Sweden (BRIX) is a non-profit association that has been formed by the organizers, speakers, and participants in a seminar held in Stockholm on May 30th, 2018 on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and its economic and strategic significance for Europe and Sweden. The seminar was organized jointly by the Schiller Institute and the China-Sweden Business Council.
The BRIX members include entrepreneurs, economists and strategic experts, with a wide range of expertise in Swedish and Chinese economic affairs. Their common conclusion is that the BRI is significant not only for a good economic and political relationship between China and Sweden, but fundamentally beneficial for economic development and peace among all nations.
The goals of the BRIX:
- To promote an open dialogue and greater awareness about the BRI and its benefits for Sweden, China, and the world community. BRIX will provide objective, well-researched information free from prejudice and geopolitical agendas that, unfortunately, tainted many reports in Western media on the BRI and China’s “agenda” behind it. This educational effort aims at bringing a clear understanding of the BRI among leading political, academic, mass media, business layers, as well as the public. BRIX will be holding seminars, educational initiatives and publish information through mass media and social media. It will be cooperating with Swedish and Chinese institutions, as well as individuals and groups interested in the BRI domestically and globally.
- To develop bilateral business exchanges between Swedish businesses, especially innovative small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), and interested partners in the Chinese market and vice versa. Sweden has a long-standing culture of innovation, which has become a trade mark of the globally recognized Swedish industrial excellence. BRIX will help clarify the differences in business cultures in Swedish and China. Educational activities on “best business practices” and delegation visits to both countries will potentially be part of this activity.