The Pireus, Savona, Algier, Bejaïa, Saïd Port, Valencia, Bilbao or the small interior ports of Madrid and Saragossa are already under the control of the Chinese fundings. China is developing through the president Xi Jinping an investment strategy into the terrestrial and the maritime worldwide infrastructures. Must the Mediterranean ports dread or take it as an opportunity to develop the Belt & Road Initiative?
The perspective was a the heart of the debates taking place on the February 7th in Marseille (south of France), for the 2nd edition of MedPorts Forum.
” An amelioration of the connectivity between States and between continent boost by 6% the exportations, “ said prof. Hercules Haralambides teaching at the maritime universities of Shanghai and Dalian.
China has great ambition to become the first worldwide economy in the next 5 years surpassing the United States. China wants since 2013 to conquer the terrestrial and the maritime worldwide infrastructures. Europe which is its first market is right in the middle of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), ” a chess set in which playing confirmed gamers are playing ” pointed out the professor.
Hercules Haralambides is Professor of Maritime Economics at the Erasmus School of Economics.
He is the founder and editor-in-chief of the quarterly Maritime Economics and Logistics.
Prior to joining EUR, Hercules has been teaching at the University of Piraeus, Greece; Cardiff University, UK; and World Maritime University, Sweden. He is the founder of the Special Interest Group on Maritime Transport and Ports of the World Conference of Transport Research (WCTR), as well as one of the three founders (1990) of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME).
He researches on shipping, port policy, and maritime logistics and his work has laid the ground for European maritime policies. In 2008, Hercules was decorated with the Golden Cross of the Order of the Phoenix by the President of the Hellenic Republic.
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