Warsaw, Poland (PortSEurope) September 9, 2019 – Pino Musolino, President of Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP – Northern Adriatic Sea Port Authority), joined a number of Chinese delegates at the recent Central-Eastern European Economic Forum, which took place in Krynica, Poland, September 2-5, 2019, and is also known as the Eastern Davos.
The Economic Forum is the largest conference in Central and Eastern Europe. Every year the Forum brings together over 4,500 international guests, including political, economic and social leaders as well as around 600 journalists. The guests usually come from over 60 different countries of Europe, Asia and America. The Forum’s mission is to create a favourable climate for the development of political and economic cooperation between the EU member states and their neighbours.
Pino Musolino was invited to take part in a debate session on the developments of the new Silk Road, representing Venice port.
The panel of speakers included: Yuxi Sun, Advisor to the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Altai Efendiev, Secretary General of the GUAM, Organization for Democracy and Economic Development; Paul Irwin Crookes, Professor of Contemporary Chinese Studies at Oxford; Diane Paula Corina Vancea, Vice-Rector of the Romanian University Ovidius of Constanta; Darren Spinck, Managing Partner of Global Strategic Communications Group and Jinping Zhao, researcher at the Chinese State Council.
Musolino said, that whilst the new Silk Road was a great potential opportunity in potential terms, there needed to be benefits for all participants, adding that it must be more open and shared with countries and areas along which it develops, in a sustainable way, and not only in environmental terms
He added that this was the approach of Venice port, having signed commercial agreements in recent months aimed at multiplying traffic and creating positive returns in terms of value and employment locally, all geared together with port infrastructure developments to improve the competitiveness of the port and of the entire logistics chain.
There have been considerable links between Venice port and China this year.
In July, a delegation from the Chinese port of Tianjin visited Venice, including a visit to the PSA Group’s Vecon terminal and met with officials from the port authority). Leading the Chinese delegation was Tianjin port president Chu Bin, who met with AdSP President Pino Musolino at the 5th Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum in Ningbo, China, last week.
Also in July, Musolino attended and spoke in Ningbo, China, at the fifth edition of the International Cooperation Forum of the ports of the new Silk Road.
In February, the Piraeus Port Authority, operated by China’s COSCO Shipping Ports Limited, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Italian port authority that manages the ports of Venice and Chioggia. Both parties seek cooperation, in order to develop their ports and port services, supporting infrastructure connectivity policies and port services aimed at fostering the commercial flows between Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East via the two ports.
The new Silk Road (part of the Belt and Road initiative also known as One Belt, One Road, or OBOR) is a Chinese economic strategy to seek better access for Chinese-made products in European markets, which includes acquiring stakes in ports and other transport facilities, and cooperation agreements with countries along the Silk Road routes.
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