One of the experts at the Congress of Economists was Prof. Helmut Keim, a researcher of the Institute of Educational Sciences of the Free University of Berlin, a researcher of politics and education, a member of the Board of the Confederation of the German Employers' Association in Cologne. EEYF speakers and guests took part in the discussion of the lecture "Asia-Russia-Africa: the Economy of the Future From European Perspective".
Professor Helmut Keim spoke about the relationship between the countries of Asia, Russia, and Africa. One of the main topics was the discussion of the Silk Road influence on relations between countries. The professor noted, "China paved the Silk Road along the sea route and created a transport corridor, so China developed into an economic power and united Europe, Asia, Russia and Africa. We can say with confidence that the Great Silk Road was of intercontinental importance, because it connected two completely different parts of the world - Asia and Europe, which had known nothing about each other until the advent of this network of roads. That way was also the connecting link of the Eastern countries, which contributed to their interaction and communication," Helmut Keim said.
The professor added that the primary and main function of the Great Silk Road was economic cooperation. The intensive trade that existed along this road became the strong impetus for the development of economies of all countries that participated in trade along the Great Silk Road.
Apart from that, the professor discussed the emergence of large infrastructure projects of China in many developed countries. According to him, this is a good indicator for China and its influence. "He, who can develop an infrastructure and implement these projects in other countries, holds the whole economy in his hands," Helmut Keim noted.