A Brief Introduction on Belt and Road
International Transport Alliance (BRITA)
1. BACKGROUND OF BRITA PROPOSAL
Since the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013, CHTS has organized several delegations that are mainly from government authorities, state-owned enterprises, universities and institutes, and private companies and visited the Belt and Road countries and regions. It was recognised that the Belt and Road Initiative implementation has achieved outstanding progress. For instance, since 2013, China has invested more than 50 billion US dollars in the countries and built a total of 56 economic and trade cooperation zones that created 180,000 local jobs.
However, it was also noted that there are still many challenges in the implementation of the Initiative. People realise that a shared cooperation platform in the transport industry is in great need so as to coordinate the technical exchange, standard and specification fusion, technical training, and engineering cooperation among the countries and regions along the Belt and Road Initiative.
To meet the above common demand, CHTS has proposed to establish the Belt and Road International Transport Alliance (BRITA) to promote the innovation, fusion and development of global transport technology; and the exchange, transformation and application of sci-tech achievements and products. It is intended that the BRITA shall be operated together by the alliance members all over the world.
2. VISION OF BRITA
The vision of the BRITA is to be:
1. Membership-based for non-profit and non-governmental international organizations (NGO);
2. Operated Following International Rules;
3. A think-tank for Transport Development; and
4. An open and win-win cooperation platform for all transport related organizations.
3. MISSIONS OF BRITA
The missions of the BRITA are to be:
1. To establish a cooperative platform to support, encourage and promote the regular policy and technical exchange among the transport industry in the countries and regions along the Belt and Road routes;
2. To promote multilateral development and harmonization in the field of transport technologies, standards, safety, equipment, skills and service;
3. To ensure awareness and integration of BRITA activities with global initiatives e.g. the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs);
4. To further develop comprehensive cooperation and share scientific and technological achievements among BRITA members so as to optimize the production capacity and realize the win-win development; and
5. To educate and train technical personnel to meet project demand.
4. MAJOR TASKS OF BRITA
The major tasks of the BRITA are as follows, but not limited to:
1. to build an Academic Exchange Platform: to co-host the World Transport Convention (WTC) each year and hold BRITA special forums, meetings and workshops;
2. to undertake Technical Consultation: to provide technical support and consultation for projects in infrastructure construction, traffic safety, environment, transport management and logistics etc.;
3. to conduct Education and Training: to organize education and training, conduct international engineering education and accreditation, and carry out scholarship programs, student exchange, etc.;
4. to promote Standardization Harmonization: to conduct extensive study on the transport technical standards and specifications and develop BRITA transport standards for fields not covered by local or global specifications; and
5. to serve as a Bridge for Projects: to promote the cooperation between ongoing projects by sharing information among BRITA members and project stakeholders.
For further information please feel free to contact Dr Honghua ZHANG, the Deputy Director of International Cooperation Department, China Highway and Transportation Society.
Address: Building 1, 17 Anhua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing PR CHINA
Tel：+86 10 6428 8815
Mobile: +86 150 0122 1088
Email: email@example.com (Dr Honghua ZHANG)