Ljubljana, Slovenia (PortSEurope) June 11, 2019 – At the Forum of Representatives of Countries Participating in the International Exhibition China-CEEC Cooperation Expo, Minister Bratušek met with Deputy Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China Hu Chunhua, among others, and addressed a number of ministers and other high representatives of the participating countries.
In her address, Minister Bratušek underlined the importance of the emerging modern silk route (new Silk Road), which will enable the intensification of the Asian trade with European countries. She particularly mentioned the project for the construction of the second railroad link between Koper and Divača, which will further increase Luka Koper’s competitive advantage. The route from Asia to Europe is shorter for ships in comparison to the northern European ports for five to eight days, which is not only a reduction in costs, but also a lower burden on the environment. The Minister also visited the exhibition pavilion of Slovenian companies participating in the international exhibition in Ningbo: Luka Koper, Slovenian Railways, Pošta Slovenije, Intereuropa, Adria Van and OmniOpti.
The first part of the visit took place in Ningbo, one of the largest ports in the world. Minister Bratušek visited the port in the company Dimitrija Zadela, President of the Management Board of Luka Koper, who is cooperating with this Chinese partner.
In the context of the 17 + 1 initiative, the minister addressed the mayors of cities who took part in a forum with Chinese entrepreneurs and sought opportunities to deepen national and regional cooperation. She also visited the Youth Innovation Center, where she presented numerous projects that are being developed within the centre of the centre
Minister Bratusek also met with the province of Zheijiang and the city of Ningbo, with eight million people living and one of the fastest growing and modern cities in China. Ningbo is a twin town with the Slovenian town of Koper.
The second part of the visit will be held in Beijing, where the minister will also meet with Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng.
Source: Government of Slovenia
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