China and Belt & Road Infrastructure

Feb 2017

Our first PwC B&R Watch: Review of capital project and deal activity in the countries that fall under the Belt & Road Initiative (B&R). The review finds that over US$490bn of projects and deals were announced in 2016 across seven core infrastructure sectors (Utilities, Transport, Telecoms, Social, Construction, Energy and Environment). A third of all these were in China, with the remainder spread across the rest of the B&R region.

  • PwC B&R Watch finds a positive picture in 2016, with an increase in the volume and the average dollar value of infrastructure projects
  • In China, the average project size increased by 14% - largely driven by public expenditure on infrastructure as a central pillar of economic policy
  • M&A activity points to a decline in volume and dollar value, reflecting a flight to quality and renewed focus on project economics.
  • The review uncovers striking growth in the size of capital projects across the B&R region. The value of the average project was 47% higher than in 2015. 

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Gabriel Wong

Head of China Corporate Finance, Inbound/Outbound Leader, Belt & Road Leader, PwC China

Tel: +[86] (21) 2323 2609

Simon Booker

Partner, PwC China

Tel: +[852] 2289 2788

Roy Chan

Associate Director, PwC Hong Kong

Tel: +[852] 2289 6756

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