One Belt and One Road (OBOR) international conference on the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road for Transportation and Global Supply Chain.
In 2013, the Chinese government initiated the concept of the “Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road” (hereinafter referred to as the One Belt and One Road: OBOR).
China’s growing engagement is well reflected in several regional economic blocs such as ASEAN, ASEAN+3, RCEP, IBSA, BRICS, along with policies aimed at trade liberalization and increasing maritime connectivity. China-Africa-South America (CASA) trading routes have been rapidly promoted, with the development of container ports in the sub-Saharan region and South America, i.e. South-South trades. In addition, the OBOR concept covers the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor and the China-Myanmar-Thailand Corridor, by which China plans not only to connect inland cities to the Indian Ocean by rail connections to seaports on the east coast, but also to transport oil from Iran and Iraq directly by train to China, rather than by sea.
It would impact on container and liquid cargo movements in the Middle East and Europe, as well as on Shanghai’s transshipment trade through the Malacca Strait. Moreover, the OBOR addresses the Greater Mekong Sub-region Economic Cooperation, the China, Mongolia and Russia Economic Corridor, the Heilongjiang Silk Road Belt, the Zhejiang Marine Economy Development Demonstration Zone, the Fujian Marine Economic Pilot Zone, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Big Bay Area and the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone.
Considering the above corridors and zones are significantly interrelated with the global supply chain and international logistics, there is a need to investigate the impact that the OBOR will have on them. Logistics providers and policy makers of ASEAN countries and stakeholders of regional economic blocs such as AANZFTA, RCEP, TPP, and APEC are expected to be influenced by the OBOR concept, because they play a key role in maritime networks and the global supply chain system. In particular, South Africa is seen as a hub for traffic emanating from, and destined for, Europe, Asia, South America and the east and west coasts of Africa. Having said that, the OBOR is expected to exert multi-dimensional impacts on the global supply chain and maritime connectivity. The conference deals with this main theme, with experts, scholars and policy makers across the world.
Organised by Professor Prem Chhetri and Professor Paul T-W Lee, School of Business IT and Logistics, RMIT University.
Colloquial Meeting (Pre-OBOR Conference Event)
1. "Hub Connectivity and Applications"
Professor Anming Zhang
YVR Authority Chair Professor in Air TransportationYVR Authority Chair Professor in Air Transportation
University of British Columbia, Canada
2. “Date with Editor-in-Chief for Research & Publication”
Editor-in-Chief, Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review
Sheu National Taiwan University, Taiwan
3. “My recent research in green transportation and logistics”
Professor Young-Tae Chang
Inha Fellow Professor & Chairman of Green REsearch and Education Network (GREEN)
Inha University, Korea
4. “Boosting Problem-Solving Skills by Instilling Glocal Mindset”
Dr Venus Y.H. Lun
Associate Head, Department of Logistics and Maritime Studies & Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics & Journal of Shipping and Trade
Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR
5. “Quantification of Maritime Risks under Uncertainty”
Professor Zaili Yang
Co-Director of Liverpool Logistics, Offshore and Marine (LOOM) Research Institute
Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Panellists: (to be further announced)
Professor Kevin Li, Editor-in-Chief, Maritime Policy & Management, Chung-Ang University, Korea
Professor Xiaowen Fu, Editor, Transport Policy, University of Sydney
Professor Tseng-Chen Lee, National Taipei University, Taiwan