Trade and Globalisation

Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum
30 May - 1 Jun 2018

This was a public event. For more information on the Forum click here.

Balkans & Black Sea Cooperation Forum (BBSF) is an independent, nongovernmental, nonpartisan economic platform powered by private and public institutions and supported by a number of international and regional organizations, aiming at identifying, strengthening & promoting economic relations, business opportunities, cross‐border cooperation and sustainable growth & development across the Balkans the Black Sea region and beyond. In this networking platform, leading business- & policy makers exchange views to transform ideas into reality, among high profile delegates from international and regional businesses & organisations as well as diplomats and academia.

The BBSF2018 highlighted "Rail, Road, Rivers connectivity to the EU via the Balkan region". During a policy summit at May 31st and a business summit at June 1st leading business and policy makers from Greece, the Balkans, Black Sea and Western Europe engaged in debates about economic cooperation, business relations and sustainable growth across the region and beyond. Both sessions focused on alliances and investments in the sectors of transports, communications, logistics, infrastructures & hubs, interconnected with the EU Western Balkan strategy, Balkan Silk Road and China-Central East Europe 16+1 initiatives.

Senior Research Fellow Maaike Okano-Heijmans delivered a keynote address in session 6: Maritime, Transports, Infrastructures. This session aimed to highlight the means of transport, infrastructures and hubs as key vehicle for economic development.