Warsaw hosted the 2nd 16+1 Transport ministers meeting and Business Conference on October 25-26, 2017
On the 25th of October this year, Warsaw hosted the 2nd annual 16+1 Transport ministers meeting. This event together with the Business Conference the next day gathered around 600 participants - ministers, deputy ministers, and secretaries as well as other high-ranking officials from the 16 Central and Eastern European countries and China, as well as many experts from the sector of transport and financial institutions.
The meeting in Warsaw was dedicated to discussions on initiatives and projects boosting further development of a harmonized, efficient, safe and sustainable transport infrastructure and services in the region. It also marked the launch of the 16+1 Coordinating Secretariat for Maritime Issues – a new “brother” to the already existing 16+1 Secretariat on the Logistics cooperation. The new Maritime Secretariat will be coordinated by the Polish Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation in Warsaw.
The two-day event also gave many opportunities for the transport sector representatives from both government and business sectors to actively discuss, exchange experience, share knowledge and ideas on the best practises and plans for further transport sector’s development as well as discuss ideas and projects with existing and potential partners.
The annual Transport ministers meeting proved to be an efficient and successful cooperation platform already during its first gathering in Riga in May 2016,resulting in signing several important documents and forming new partnerships for transport projects. The 2nd Ministerial meeting in Warsaw without doubt continued on the same successful path towards better connected region providing safe, reliable, fast and sustainable transport services.
The next significant 16+1 cooperation event will be the 6th meeting of the Heads of Government, which is planned to take place in November 2017 in Hungary.