The backdrop of the Forum was President Xi’s state visits to Kazakhstan and Indonesia in September and October in 2013, when he proposed “The Silk Road Economic Belt” and “The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, also known as “One Belt and One Road”. The proposal seeks regional cooperation at international scale, encourages the countries and regions along the Silk Road to achieve a win-win situation by “policy coordination, facilities connectivity, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds”, and hopes that China will make greater contribution to the development of regional and world economies together with countries and regions along the Silk Road.
“Port connectivity” is an important component of “facilities connectivity”. The development of port takes an irreplaceable role in promoting the prosperity of the Silk Road. Nevertheless, ports along the Silk Road are facing a number of challenges including mega vessels, digitalized operation, automation, environment-friendly production and the need for improvement in the capacities of supply chain management as well as short of capital for construction. Therefore, stronger co-operations are needed among all stakeholders to come ahead in the globalized environment.
The 3rd Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum is supported by leading port and maritime industry from around the world. Port of Rotterdam is one of the co-organizers of this forum.
- Date of Forum: Tuesday p.m., 11 July – Wednesday a.m., 12 July 2017
- Forum Location: Pan Pacific Hotel, 99 Min An Dong Lu, Yinzhou District, Ningbo, Zhejiang, P.R. China
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