In pursuance of the BSR Action Plan of the European Union Strategy in the sphere of transport (AP Part 2 “BSR Transport Connections with the Third Countries”) and invited by the China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA) Dr.Algirdas Šakalys participated in the events of the International Logistics and Trade Promotion Forum “One Belt and One Road“ and EXPO -2017, held in Nanjing (China) on 26 November – 1 December 2017.

During the International Forum organised on 28 November Dr.Algirdas Šakalys delivered presentation under the topic “Challenges of the sustainable development of new logistics routes (along OBOR) and their link with the BSR national markets“ (see attachment).

Dr.Algirdas Šakalys used a wonderful opportunity to present to wide audience a newly prepared Transport Strategy of the Baltic Sea Region (2017), as well as its Action Plan, and to invite Chinese transport and logistics companies to step up cooperation in developing transport connections to Europe via the Baltic Sea Region.

29 November was aimed to make “tete a tete” contacts with transport and logistics companies interested in the development of transport connections and business with the Baltic Sea Region countries by using the East-West transport corridor (in the southern BS sub-region). Algirdas Šakalys had dialogues with more than 10 Chinese transport and logistics companies.

Specifically the following heads of the Chinese transport and logistics companies and associations could be identified as potential partners of the BSR transport and logistics companies in developing China-BSR transport links: Mr.Artur Tu (General Manager of the International Logistics Company Kunshan CTS),

Mr.Daming Wang (Vice President of the Global WCA Logistics Network), Ms.Li Jian  (Secretary General of Jiangsu International Freight Forwarders Association), Mr.YuShe Ping (President of Tianjin International Freight Forwarders Association), and others. A preliminary agreement was reached with Mr.Liu (CIFA Vice President and Secretary General) concerning the organisation of a joint China-BSR transport event in one of the countries of the BSR in 2018.

30 November was dedicated to the meeting with the scientists of the Nanjing University in search for the possibility to cooperate in pursuance of joint projects. These opportunities appeared when the EC planned (in its science and research programme H2020, Work Plan of 2019) to execute the Project MG 2.9. – 2019, stipulating cooperation with the Chinese scientists in developing the branches of the Silk Road to Europe. Algirdas Šakalys pleased to note that after the presentation of the idea of the above project, Prof. Xi Chen, together with his assistants (Nanjing University, School of Management) showed interest in the Project and agreed to be potential partners in executing this Project. Moreover, Prof.Chen suggested to establish a joint research centre (based on common interest of Chinese and BSR partners). Algirdas Šakalys will of course introduce the proposal on implementation of the BSR Strategy in the sphere of transport to the members of the Coordination Group.