The BRI Simulation Program is an educational program that is dedicated to equip students and young professionals with knowledge and skills for participating in the One Belt One Road Initiative. It is the first direct and comprehensive educational program for the BRI. It is designed and developed by the Foundation for Law and International Affairs (FLIA).
The purpose of this program is to educate participants to gain experience and knowledge in creating strategies for and promoting the implementation of the B&R related projects. It requires participants to have excellent knowledge at the intersection of law and international affairs, understanding of local cultures and globalization, skills in researching, public speaking, debating, and writing, as well as abilities in creative and critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership.
The BRI Simulation Competition is an educational activity in which participants are delegated different roles and use their knowledge and skills to create better strategies and solutions in the process of B&R cooperation and negotiations. The competition invites teams from universities and enterprises from OBOR countries as well as other places. Each team shall include three members.
The competition simulates cases that are based on real BRI issues and must be dealt with by involving both the public and private sectors, including governments, local society representatives, NGOs, international NGOs, transnational corporations, etc. Students and young professionals who have participated in competition can join the OBOR Talents Pool and become a member of the OBOR young professional network.
The BRI Simulation will work through the issues of the Ham Port. Ham is the major town in the southern tip of Country A. The Country A Government would like to build up its port in order to boost the development of the region of Ham and increase economic trade within the region.The port of Ham is of great value to international maritime routes as it is perfectly located in the middle of the route via which the oil from the Middle East transported to East Asia. It has desirable geographical conditions for building a deep water port and is the nearest port to the main maritime route across the Indian Ocean. Once built, the port of Ham can accommodate ships at the level of ten thousand tons and will serve as a major port in the Indian Ocean. The main issues of the case include the financial structure of the project, how to deal with environmental impacts and how to balance regional powers and incorporate regional economies into the project.
Teams will be given key documents about the case which will contain information on the situation, the stakeholders involved, sets of confidential instructions, relevant maps, and other reference documents. Confidential instructions are considered protected documents for their team delegation regarding the round of negotiations and should be handled as such.
This type of competition is performed under the confines of a strict schedule. The schedule helps to replicate the formality within negotiations take place, and allows the parties involved time to negotiate issues, review, evaluate, and adjust negotiation strategies, and schedule and respond to negotiation requests. The strict adherence and enforcement of the schedule may induce some level of frustration from the participants, but this is not an unrealistic expectation.
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