According to experts, the One One Belt One Road model of the New Silk Road is still making its first baby steps. And, in truth, the five years since the One Belt One Road initiative, offered to the world by the Chinese President Xi Jinping, is the age of infancy, especially if we compared this Chinese aspiration to the other historical action, which had a huge influence on the development of the Chinese empire – the construction of the Great Wall of China. However, this comparison would not really be appropriate, since it seems that time in the 21st century has been passing faster than in the third century before Common Era, when the construction of the Great Wall of China had begun. Not to mention that the ambitions of the One Belt One Road are much greater – figuratively speaking, to encircle the world.


The One Belt One Road initiative of the New Silk Road has been an important topic at international forums and conferences all over the world for already several years. Discussions feature various opinions that are often rather contradictory.

We invited the Diplomat Kęstutis KUDZMANAS, Ambassador-at-Large of the Energy Security Policy and Transport Strategy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, who has also worked as the Ambassador of the Republic of Lithuania in Azerbaijan and Turkey, to share his insights on this topic.

Brexit continues to raise numerous questions for European and global business. Therefore, it’s no surprise that various presenters still bring it to the majority of international events and discussions.

How is business adapting or trying to adapt to the new conditions?

What challenges are waiting ahead? Will the divorce of the UK and EU redraw the international transport corridors, routes and change the tendencies of goods movement in logistic chains?

These and similar issues worry business and related structures.

We asked Daniel SOLOMON, an expert of International Euromonitor and a partner of JŪRA MOPE SEA magazine, to share his insights.

Jonė Kalendienė


The Chinese “One Belt, One Road” initiative seems to be very promising for Asian and European countries that are on the New Silk Road. For many businesses the Initiative opens new opportunities, access to finance or new customers, especially in smaller and less developed countries. Baltic-Nordic region is also a part of the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which connects it to China via the New Silk Road or the Artic Road. But the economic relations so far between the parts were not very sound.

Vida Bortelienė


Klaipėda’s seniors say that the port’s landscape is missing ships as two decades ago the port was full of them, often spending weeks at berths. And now, if you notice some sea giant while taking a ferry over the lagoon, enjoy the view while you can, because tomorrow it will be gone! A paradox – the port looks half-empty and the number of ships coming to the port is shrinking, but Klaipėda is still known for the fastest-growing handling levels in the region. Modernisation of the port of Klaipėda hastened the pace and productivity of cargo handling.

In recent years the northernmost ice-free port on the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea with its clear strategic direction has been showing top results in the region according to cargo flows. The seaport of Klaipėda is regarded as a safe, transparent and reliable port, rapidly pacing step in step with latest innovations and being able to guarantee highest quality services, speed and flexible schedules for its partners.

The eighth edition of the annual Transport Week, the event, which took place in Gdansk at the beginning of March and gathered nearly 400 participants during three days tackled topics related to planning and financing of port development projects, as well as opportunities presented to the European logistics sector by the New Silk Road initiative.

Stefan Breitenbach, Head of Project Department, Port of Hamburg


Enhancing inland navigation is essential to cope with constantly growing transport volumes within the Baltic Sea Region and Europe in a sustainable way. Inland navigation must be further developed as an integral part of a multimodal and sustainable transport system which takes advantage of digitalization and automation. This requires investments, innovations and intensive transnational co-operation, since 75 % of inland navigation operations are cross-border.

Aleksandra Tallat


Organisers of the joint conference of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme EMMA and Chamber Union Elbe-Oder foster a valuable tradition of introducing the conference participants to some specific object of inland waterway shipping every year.


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