OVERVIEW

It’s been over five years since the Belt & Road Initiative was launched by China’s President Xi Jinping, but it’s still unclear whether Poland and the wider Central & Eastern Europe region will truly benefit from it, or if the area will be consigned to ‘corridor’ status between China and the ‘Blue Banana’ part of Central-Western Europe.

The Poland & CEE: co-building the Belt & Road conference will be the first  C-level event to bring in holistic, balanced – or even critical – point of view on what the Chinese initiative could mean for  Polish & CEE businesses.

WHY ATTEND

With top experts in logistics, supply chain, infrastructure and financing from around the world we will provide high-level networking and deliver insights useful for future business development.

Who should attend:
• Professionals from CEE, Asia and Western Europe
•C-level management from transport & logistics, real estate, developers, investors, cross border trade, shippers, e-commerce
•Decision makers from local, regional and national as well as international authorities and institutions

How do we differ from other BRI-related events? 
•Focus on business
•Belt & Road Initiative from the perspective of the CEE Region where different political systems meet (EU 28 and China 16+1)
•A highly condensed thus objective overview about the complexity of the activities in this global initiative

AGENDA

Tuesday 11 June Conference Day 1
12.00
Registration & Lunch
13.00
Welcome & Opening Presentation Poland & CEE: The Buckle on the Belt & Road?
A $900-billion investment programme sees the Chinese amassing thousands of kilometres of railway lines and a portfolio of ports across Europe. What are the impacts and the outlook for the CEE region from a logistics perspective?

Frank Schuhholz, Founder FMS Advisers, thought leader in multimodal transport, rail and logistics, The Hague

13:30
Keynote: Opportunities Arising from the BRI - A Global Economic & Geopolitical Context
While the West grapples with the rise of populism and protectionism, Brexit and President Donald Trump, Asia is increasingly shaping global trade and shaking up geopolitics. Asia not only offers fresh perspectives for its own economies, but also for other regions – including Europe. The Central and Eastern European Region in particular has the opportunity to benefit from a significant economic impetus that Belt & Road could offer – provided the nations align and establish themselves as a set of well-designed, tightly-connected hubs on the canvas of the largest area development project of all times.

Wolfgang Lehmacher, Thought leader in global transport, logistics and supply chain, Hong Kong

14:00
Panel: Assessing the BRI - Concept & Current State of Affairs
The Belt & Road Initiative is vast and complex. This session breaks down the various pillars of the BRI and assesses how they impact both the global economy and regional economies, as well as looking at the impact the BRI will have on the development of current and future transport networks spanning the various regions covered by BRI.
15:00
Panel: The Region - How can CEE Benefit from its Location, Connections & Nodes?
The CEE region is mainly landlocked and cannot compete on level terms, in this regard, with countries which have established maritime structures. However, its central location allows the region to potentially play a significant role regarding overland transport.
TOPICS
  • Strong competitor

    Can the CEE region rival existing Western European logistics hotspots and could we see a shift in the centre of gravity?

  • Consumer potential

    What is the consumer reach of respective locations?

  • New roles

    What role can countries like Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and others play, and do they have what supply chains need in order to become distribution hubs?

  • Plan B route

    Which alternative transport routes/supply chains already exist, or are in the making?

  • Reaping the benefits

    Which industries and businesses will benefit from a CEE-based approach to the BRI?

16.00
Networking Coffee Break
16:30
Panel: The Modes - Multi-modal Dimensions of the Belt & Road
The BRI is nothing without the modes of transport that get goods and people from A to B. This panel will assess the different strategies and business models of key players such as logistics companies, express operators and ocean & rail carriers.
TOPICS
  • Future plans

    How will the split between sea, rail and air look like in the future, and what are the plans of the big players?

  • All about location

    Which routes are interesting for which types of cargo, which roles the different CEE countries can play, where regional hot spots are already located – or could be located?

  • Added value

    What is the value proposition for forwarders regarding railway vs maritime supply chains?

  • Sectors involved

    Which industries will both benefit & play a role in the BRI, and why?

  • Border stops

    Customs and border controls: how will they influence pricing?

  • Price is right

    What are the pricing comparisons between maritime, rail and air freight (including incentives and subsidies)?

  • Problem solving

    Taking into account the imbalance issues in rail transport, what the strategies and initiatives taken by market players to solve the issues?

17:30
Speed Networking Session
So you can find who you’re looking for, at each table will be positioned experts in the following topics, ready to engage with you: Sea freight & maritime ports, Rail freight & rail terminals, Air freight & airports, Infrastructure projects, Financing & Insurance, Legal, Consultancy, Real Estate & Warehousing, Logistics
18.30
End of Conference Day 1
19:30
Gala Dinner: Celebrating 30 Years of Poland's Economic Miracle
In 1989 Poland emerged from over 40 years of communism, an economic basket case. Fast forward to 2019 and the country has recorded 27 years of continuous economic growth (the only modern economy other than Australia to achieve this feat), and was last year promoted by FTSE Russell to Advanced market status, joining an exclusive group of 25 major economies. In context, the last country to be thus promoted was South Korea more than 10 years previously. Poland’s success was no foregone conclusion: it was achieved through sound policy and the hard work and ingenuity of the Polish people. Join us at this exclusive gala dinner to celebrate a modern economic phenomenon.
Wednesday 12 June Conference Day 2
08.45
Welcome Coffee & Registration
09.15
Keynote: The EU's Strategy Towards BRI, China & CEE
Infrastructure, planning, TEN-T network, investments
09.45
The Silk Road New Economic Belt - The Rail Perspective of the BRI
An overview of which countries, corridors and investments will have an impact on volumes, transit times and prices
10:00
Panel: Financing the BRI - Sustainability, Legal and Political Risks
Given the enormous capital needs of the BRI, and on the assumption that China won’t be able to carry them alone, it’s natural to ask how financially sustainable the initiative is?
TOPICS
  • Great expectations

    Which investments arising from the BRI can be expected or needed in the CEE Region?

  • Risky business

    Which legal risks could occur, and how to deal with them in the absence of a regulatory framework among the various countries?

  • Complex investment

    How to deal with the complexities of trade and cross-border investment?

  • Political aspect

    What are the identifiable political risks as China and the EU battle for influence, potentially hampering the development of the BRI within the CEE region?

  • VAT rates

    With variable VAT rates from country to country, how does this affect the CEE region’s financial attractiveness, or are there more important factors which should be taken into account?

10.45
Networking Coffee Break
11.15
Breakout Session: My Belt & Road
The conference divides into separate rooms to allow greater discussion between the participants on the topics and issues surrounding the Belt & Road Initiative – from their perspective. Each room will have a session host to moderate the discussion and there will be designated speakers to help lead it. Participants can contribute if they wish, or simply listen and digest the debate.
12.00
Panel: Location SWOT Analysis - CEE in the European Context
TOPICS
  • Europe West

    How will the BRI influence the development of Western European logistic clusters, if at all, and what will be the benefits for them?

  • Europe Central

    What are the key elements for a successful positioning of the CEE region within the BRI, and which opportunities and risks will occur? Are there plans are to more closely interlink key CEE countries to become more attractive for investors/partners from China?

  • Europe East

    How will the so-called ‘middle corridor’ (via Kazakhstan, Iran Turkey into Europe) come into play? What effects can be expected regarding connectivity, and will this be a competing corridor to the Russian corridor, or is it planned as a complementary route connecting China with Europe?

  • Europe South

    How will the increased Chinese interest in South European / Mediterranean countries and infrastructures play out towards the CEE region?

12:45
Closing Remarks
Summary of the conference’s key findings by Wolfgang Lehmacher & Frank Schuhholz
13:00
Networking Lunch

SPEAKERS

    Wolfgang Lehmacher
    Thought leader in global transport, logistics and supply chain

    Wolfgang Lehmacher is a thought leader in global transport, logistics and supply chain. Until recently the Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries for the Geneva-based World Economic Forum, Lehmacher now works as a non-executive board director and strategy consultant who, as his LinkedIn profile puts it, is an ‘industry and technology evangelist and polymath, offering advice and support to stakeholders across the global supply chain ecosystem – ranging from start-ups, to investors, to Fortune 50 companies’. Lehmacher has written for the Financial Times, Forbes and Fortune magazines and speaks at leading business schools and conferences around the world. Wolfgang is a keynote speaker and strategic advisor.

  • Wolfgang Lehmacher
    Thought leader in global transport, logistics and supply chain
    SEE BIO
  • Frank Schuhholz
    Founder
    FMS Advisers

    Frank Schuhholz is a global expert on logistics, with a particular focus on the Belt & Road Initiative. Passionate about the pan-European rail freight industry, he has been tracking Chinese activities and interests in Europe since he saw the first regular container trains coming into Europe from China over 10 years ago while working for the A.P. Moller Maersk Group. In 2016 he set up FMS Advisers in order to assist business leaders who believe that rail can play a far more important role within their company’s supply chains in the future then it does today. Frank is a co-organizer of this conference.

  • Frank Schuhholz
    FMS Advisers
    SEE BIO
  • Dr Chen Chen
    China Special Advisor
    Baker McKenzie

    Chen, as China Special Advisor, is a key member of the China Service Group of Baker McKenzie Budapest office. Being a native Chinese with a Hungarian law degree, Chen is best positioned to assist Chinese clients in connection with the legal aspects of their investments and operations in Hungary. In co-operation with our Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices, Chen can also assist Hungarian and other European clients in their business relationships with Chinese companies and their activities in the Chinese markets.

  • Dr Chen Chen
    Baker McKenzie
    SEE BIO
  • Dr. Carsten Hinne
    CEO
    DB Cargo Eurasia

    Dr. Carsten Hinne is the CEO of DB Cargo Eurasia and SVP of Corridor Development China in Frankfurt.

  • Dr. Carsten Hinne
    DB Cargo Eurasia
    SEE BIO
  • Robert Dobrzycki
    CEO Europe
    Panattoni Europe

    Robert Dobrzycki as Chief Executive Officer oversees the operations in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Romania and recently also in the United Kingdom where Panattoni merged to form a new development company, named First Panattoni, with a first phase capital facility of £300m to spend on new land purchases and speculative development in the UK. Dobrzycki opened Panattoni CEE’s operation in 2005 and under his management Panattoni Europe achieved the leading position on the Polish market and high brand recognition in Central Europe. During 12 years under Mr. Dobrzycki management Panattoni Europe developed in Poland over 4.7 million square meters of warehouse space out of existing stock of 13 million square meters. In 2018 Panattoni was named the most active developer in Europe by Property EU magazine. Currently, the portfolio managed by the Company in Europe is ca. 3 million square meters. Apart from Poland, Panattoni Europe has offices in the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Germany and Romania.

  • Robert Dobrzycki
    Panattoni Europe
    SEE BIO
  • Volker Friedrich
    Founder & CEO
    GBP International

    Volker Friedrich is the Founder & CEO of GBP International Management Consultancy, in Berlin - Beijing.

  • Volker Friedrich
    GBP International
    SEE BIO
  • Renata Osiecka
    Managing Partner
    AXI IMMO Group

    Renata has many years of experience in real estate management, especially in the warehouse and industrial sector. Ten years ago she created the strong and reliable advisory agency, that has grown into today’s Axi Immo. Renata gained her experience working for developers and international real estate agencies. Renata is a President SIOR European Chapter and a member of the RICS. Together with her team she advises and represents clients in leasing, renegotiations, disposal and acquisition of commercial facilities. She has an MA from Warsaw University and a post graduate degree in Management & Valuation in Sheffield University in UK.

  • Renata Osiecka
    AXI IMMO Group
    SEE BIO
  • Carsten Pottharst
    Managing Director
    InterRail Europe

    Carsten Pottharst is the CEO of InterRail Europe in Frankfurt.

  • Carsten Pottharst
    InterRail Europe
    SEE BIO
  • Dr. Wulf Meinel
    CEO
    Frasers Property Europe

    Dr. Wulf Meinel is the CEO of Frasers Property Europe in Amsterdam.

  • Dr. Wulf Meinel
    Frasers Property Europe
    SEE BIO
  • Michał Grochowski
    Cargo Director
    LOT Polish Airlines

    Michał Grochowski is the Cargo Director at LOT Polish Airlines in Warsaw.

  • Michał Grochowski
    LOT Polish Airlines
    SEE BIO
  • Bartek Pastwa
    Board Member
    Port of Rijeka

    Bartek Pastwa is a Board Member of Port of Rijeka.

  • Bartek Pastwa
    Port of Rijeka
    SEE BIO
  • Richard Stephens
    Founder & Editor
    Poland Today

    Richard Stephens is Founder & Editor of Poland Today, an English-language media firm based in Warsaw. The company is the publisher of the award-winning Poland Today magazine and hosts its flagship conferences at MIPIM, the world’s leading real estate fair in Cannes. Richard is also Director of the Emerging Europe Awards in London, organized by Emerging Europe. He was previously editor of Eurobuild CEE magazine, where he established the conference department and also created the hugely successful Eurobuild Awards Gala, running the first two editions. Previously, he was Managing Director of CEPIF, the CEE region’s real estate fair in Warsaw. Throughout his career, Richard has organised over 120 international conferences and events, including 10+ trips of international journalists to Poland & CEE countries on behalf of entities like UEFA, ahead of Euro 2012 in Poland & Ukraine. Richard is English and graduated in Theology & Religious Studies from Bristol University.

  • Richard Stephens
    Poland Today
    SEE BIO

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