Every summer, the Maritime Silk Road Port International Cooperation Forum (MPF), an event for Global Port and Shipping Industry, is held in Ningbo, a Port City on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean, bordering the East China Sea.

This year it is held on July 11-12. MPF is dedicated to building a platform that promotes communication & cooperation for the Port and Shipping ecosystem along the Belt & Road and surrounding areas.

Participants include Ports and Port Authorities from: Alexandria, Algeciras, Antwerp, Barcelona, Constanta, Damietta, Gijon, Koper, Ploce, Rijeka, Rotterdam, Thessaloniki, Trieste, Valencia, Venice and Zadar.

The Port Authority of Algeciras (APBA) organises this week, next to the Port of Ningbo, the V edition of the International Forum of Cooperation of the Maritime Route of the Silk. The Ports of Antwerp, Rotterdam and China Merchant Port Group, among others, also participate in the meeting.

European Ports are keen to be involved in the potential business offered by involvement in the New Silk Road.

The New Silk Road (part of the Belt & Road Initiative also known as One Belt, One Road, or OBOR) is a Chinese economic strategy to seek better access for Chinese made products in European markets, which includes acquiring stakes in Ports and other transport facilities, and cooperation agreements with countries along the Silk Road Routes.