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Belt and Road Initiative discussed during Europe-Ukraine Forum

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Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/3/15 8:27:43

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"The New Silk Road on the transcontinental transport corridors' map" was one of most crucial discussion panels during the 11th Europe-Ukraine Forum in Jasionka, southeastern Poland, which concluded Thursday. 

Polish Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk is one of the speakers in the panel dedicated to the Belt and Road Initiative. He underlined the importance of creating the communication corridors between Europe and Asia, saying such corridors not only contribute to the development of the B&R Initiative, but most importantly help boost local economies and improve trade and cargo exchange. 

"That is the sense in all this - the sense that we perceive the idea of one route, one road," Adamczyk said. 

The minister also hoped for using this opportunity to extend the Polish A4 highway to Ukraine. 

The highway, according to the minister, is of huge interest to countries such as Belarus, Ukraine, as well as the countries of Central Asia. Adamczyk reminded that such communication corridors, a part of Belt and Road initiative, are already being carried out. 

The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, aims to build trade and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa based on ancient land and maritime trade routes. 

The two-day meeting in Jasionka has seen 300 speakers and more than 40 panel debates devoted to economic, political and social issues. The forum was accompanied by the 2nd Eastern Fair, attended by over 70 exhibitors from IT, financial, construction, motor, tourism and many other sectors

11th Europe – Ukraine Forum

Rzeszów, 13-14 March 2018

Association and What’s Next?

The focus of this year’s edition will be on economic modernization and reforms. In 2017, the Association Agreement was ratified. Regardless of the crisis – the war and Russian occupation of Crimea and some part of Ukrainian Donbas – we can see some symptoms of economic recovery. The economic and political cooperation with western countries has become very active. However, the poorly visible effects of reform, deepening political divisions, instability of the economy and widespread neediness cause increasing dissatisfaction in society. In 2018 there is still the question whether Ukraine will use the opportunities created by cooperation with the EU. What steps should be taken next by Kiev and its European partners to ensure the country’s constant development and integration with the West?

Date and place:

13–14 March 2018Exhibition Hall – G2A Arena Jasionka, Rzeszów, Poland

Highlights:

2 days of debates and meetingsreport presentationplenary sessions: political and business decision-makers will talk about cooperation between Ukraine and the European Unionover 30 discussion panels about economy, politics and society10 regional and sectoral presentations2 networking banquetsEastern Fair – an opportunity to present your company and establish new business relations

Programme:

Plenary sessions

Association and what next?2014-2018 – successes and failures

Thematic Block: Business and Economy

Energy Security: Markets, Politics, TechnologiesHas the immigration from Ukraine changed the European labour market?European agricultural market. Is there a place for Ukraine?Thresholds and barriers in trade and investment cooperationHow to break Russian suppliers’ domination? The modifications on the Central and Eastern Europe’s gas marketThe competitiveness of cities and regions. In search of different ways of the development accelerationHow to untap the potential of the arms industry cooperation?The peripheral development syndrome. How to build an innovative economy?The main challenges for the aviation sector. The evaluation of the flight connections potentialThe New Silk Road on the transcontinental transport corridors’ map 

Thematic Block:  European Integration and Reforms

Where is Europe heading for?From association to customs union? Ukraine in searching for a realistic model of European integrationForeign advisers, experts and managers. Unsuccessful experiment? International support of reforms in Ukraine – advice, financial aid or shaping development?Is it possible to separate business from politics? The Central and Eastern Europe experienceHow to build a friendly border?Why didn’t the decentralisation reform change Ukraine?European macro-regional strategies. How to include the Eastern neighbourhood countries?Eastern Partnership: new ideas for a new reality

Thematic Block: International Politics

On the eastern flank of NATO. Can countries in the region take care of their own security?Not only Crimea and Donbass. Who doesn’t want a lasting solution to the frozen conflicts?What can be the price for détente in Russia-West relations and who’s going to pay it?Cohesion of the transatlantic community. Has it stood the test of 2017?Security threat in cyberspace. Alarm and operationRussian hybrid aggression to free world and democracy continues. Can it be effectively  counteracted?Cooperation of the Three Seas Initiative countries. Will Ukraine remain on the sidelines?Prospects for the revival of the Black Sea - Caspian partnership and cooperation 

Thematic Block: Society

Trade Unions in Former Communist Bloc Countries. Do They Have a Future?Social Aspects of Aggression and Occupation. Help for Refugees, Reconstruction, Restoring Social BondsEnvironment and Its Preservation - A Cross-border ProjectLocal Identity as an Opportunity for Tourism DevelopmentIs Objective Journalism Lost for Good?Ukrainians in European Countries. Science, Work, PoliticsEducation and Youth Cooperation as a Bridge for UnderstandingPolitics of Memory - A Source of Strength or Future Conflicts?Culture Anew. Development Trends, State and Private Patronage*Topics are subject to modification

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