Ravenna, Italy (PortSEurope) November 12, 2017 – On November 9, 2017, the Board of Directors of the International Propeller Club of Port of Ravenna, with the patronage and contribution of the Chamber of Commerce of Ravenna and in collaboration with Autorita’ di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP – the Port Authority of the North Adriatic Sea), organized a public meeting on the theme, “The Adriatic on the New Silk Road”.
The new silk road is a strategic economic initiative of China to improve links and cooperation between countries in Eurasia by improving transport and logistics . It includes the land routes of the “Silk Road Economic Zone” and the “21st Century Sea Silk Road”, and is also known as the “One Belt, One Way” Initiative.
Starting from the development of transport and logistics infrastructures, the strategy aims to promote China’s role in global relations, encouraging international investment flows and commercial outlets for Chinese productions.
The question to the interveners was: what are the prospects for the Adriatic and Ravenna on the new Silk Road?
At the meeting, Pino Mussolino, President of the Port Authority System of the Northern Adriatic Sea, stressed the strategic importance of an increasingly strong partnership between the ports of the Northern Adriatic and the consequent necessary revival of the North Adriatic Ports Association (NAPA) to which Ravenna’s AdSP has decided to join again.
President Mussolino, hoping for the support of the port cluster, has received support from the President of the Propeller of Ravenna, Avv. Simone Bassi, and by the National President, Avv. Umberto Masucci.
President Masucci also mentioned the next mission of the Propeller in Hong Kong and Shenzen, in order to better get to know the Silk Road initiative.
The work of Alessandro Panaro, Head of the Research Area Maritime & Mediterranean Economy of SRM (study centre linked to the Intesa Sanpaolo Group) has enabled interested parties to have a very deep look at the Chinese investments in the world, especially on the maritime road, demonstrating that the Silk Road is no longer a project, but a reality.
Panaro said that traffic in the Adriatic has intensified over the last few years and the resulting opportunities that result from it.
Riccardo Fuochi, President of The International Propeller Club of Port of Milan and President of the Italian-Hong Kong Association, focused on his intervention on the land or, more to say, railroad, focusing on the opportunities arising from the dual circulation of goods, both in export from China, but also in exports from the EU and from Italy to China.
On Thursday, October 26, at the Military Arsenal in Venice, Stati Generali della Logistica del Nordes (the General States of Northeast Logistics) held a meeting, an opportunity to focus on the situation of portuality, logistics and transport in the region with the aim of delineating the state of infrastructure and services offered by ports and interests of Veneto, Emilia-Romagna and Friuli Venezia Giulia.
During the meeting, to determine future and effective cooperation between port and intercom systems, a Strategic Position Paper was signed, which will be a crossing between ports, interchanges and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport for the relaunch of logistics in Northeast.
The intention is that the signing of the document constitutes the beginning of a common path that over time will lead to the drafting of a genuine protocol of intent to reinforce and harmonize planned actions, open shipyards and the priorities of each territory by creating an integrated logistic system of infrastructures and services for the whole Northeast.
Dr. Paolo Ferrecchi, General Manager of the Emilia-Romagna Region, addressed the meeting to illustrate the contents.
In closing, the Chairman of ADSP of the Northern Adriatic Sea, Daniele Rossi, drew inspiration from the various interventions, thanking the Propeller for the important afternoon of work and stressed the importance of looking at other countries, such as Iran for example, to which our trades can find a more immediate link.
Source: Pui Notizie
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