Chinese Industry Associations promote, support, and monitor financiers, developers, contractors, and subcontractors involved in infrastructure projects and other Chinese overseas investments under the brand of the BRI. These associations consist of hundreds to thousands of members within a specific sector or a set of sectors. Their members’ operations have a wide range in terms of scope and complexity. While the China International Contractors Association (CHINCA) and other main industry associations are based in China, Chinese chambers of commerce in BRI host countries provide support to financiers, developers, contractors, and subcontractors with operations in those countries.
Possible Roles and Responsibilities of Chinese Industry Associations:
- Approve membership for Chinese financiers, developers, contractors, and subcontractors.
- Categorize and rate members.
- Register and monitor the overseas activities of Chinese financiers, developers, contractors, and subcontractors.
- Develop guidelines, handbooks, and other resources to promote high-quality development by members throughout the project life cycle.
- Organize training sessions and workshops to enhance knowledge sharing.
- Establish and maintain a grievance mechanism for specific aspects of BRI projects, such as stakeholder engagement and environmental and social assessment and management (ESAM).