3rd Russian Dutch business meeting on Maritime Logistics
On 4 December the 3rd Russian Dutch business meeting on Maritime Logistics took place at the Makarov State University for Sea and River Transportation. The topic of the event was the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, which aims at enhancing trade routes between China and Europe. The meeting was opened by Ivar Scheers, Deputy Consul General of the Netherlands, Sergey Baryshnikov, Rector of the Makarov University and Jerke Verschoor, Director at Nuffic Neso Russia. A key-note speaker was ms. dr. Jue Wang, Assistant Professor of the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. Ms. dr. Jue Wang spoke about China’s outward economics expansion and the Belt and Road Initiative. Her presentation was followed by the reports of on various topics by Russian and Dutch professionals in logistics working in St. Petersburg. Speakers discussed the possible impact of the Belt and Road Initiative on Russia and particularly what this means for Dutch and Russian companies.More than 150 participants joined the event, most of them represented Russian and international companies such as Schenker, PwC, Ahlers, Wagenborg, FESCO, Sea port of St. Petersburg and many others. Also, students studying and professors teaching and doing research in logistics and supply chain management at St. Petersburg universities were invited. Some of the Dutch alumni also joined the meeting – most of them work in the field of logistics and supply chain management.The event was closed by a networking reception which gave the guests an opportunity to interact in a more informal setting.More photos from the event can be found here.