Thursday, 15 February 2024


Meet & greet - Registrations

Participation is by invitation and registration only. Persons not invited or registered to the Forum, will not be granted access to the venue


Welcome remarks

photoMr. Giannis Balakakis

Chair Executive Committee, Balkans & Black Sea Forum

photoAmbassador Xiao Junzheng

Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China

photoMr. Nikos Papathanasis

Alternate Minister of Economy & Finance, Hellenic Republic

Chapter 1: Geopolitics, Regional Cooperation and Port hubs in the Mediterranean

In focus: The impact of recent Middle East conflicts on navigation, ports, and trade; regional cooperation and China-CEEC Cooperation; development of the Piraeus Port as a green hub of technology; development of Northern Greece’s ports; China-Greece cooperation in shipping

photoMr. Olivér Várhelyi

Commissioner for Neighborhood & Enlargement, European Commission
video message

photoMr. ΥU Zenggang

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Piraeus Port Authority SA

photoMs. Xiaoxi ΧΙΑ

Counsellor, Secretariat of Cooperation Between China & CEEC, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China

photoDr. Angelos Vlachos

BoD Member at Hellenic Ports Association & CEO Port of Kavala SA

photoAmbassador (a.h.) Dimitrios Rallis

Deputy Secretary General, BSEC PERMIS

Coffee break


Chapter 2: New order and trends in regional connectivity

In focus: Current connectivity status & logistic hubs in the Southeast Mediterranean & Black Sea regions; the Belt and Road Initiative: review & prospects; synergies between the BRI and EU’s Global Gateway plan

photoMr. François Davenne

Director General, International Union of Railways

photoDr. Young Tae Kim

Secretary-General, International Transport Forum-OECD

photoDr. Ilias Lekkos

Group Chief Economist & Head of Investment Strategy, Piraeus Bank

photoDr. Jisheng SUN

Vice President, China Foreign Affairs University

photoDr. Renwei HUANG

Executive Director-General, Fudan Institute for Belt & Road and Global Governance

photoAmbassador Bolat Nurgaliyev

Chairman, Foreign Policy Research Institute, MFA of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Middle Corridor - new opportunities for Europe and Asia

photoMr. Hendrik Bosshammer

Project Manager SEE, Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD)

Closing remarks

photoAmbassador (a.h.) Michael B. Christides

Co-Chair Executive Committee, BBSF

Networking cocktail reception


Onsite visit at the Piraeus Port Authority premises

Please refer to the menu bar: Practical Info - Side Events


End of the conference

Nota Bene

  • Official language is English and participation is by invitation and registration only
  • Topics are indicative and Chapters may be reordered