Since ancient times, Estonia has been an important gateway between the Nordic Countries of Scandinavia, and the East. For far travelled vikings, Estonia was the beginning of the eastern trade route Austrvegr, which crossed with the Silk Route in Persia. 

The Belt and Road Initiative is bringing this ancient trade route back on the maps. Modern railway systems with container block trains provide much faster, reliable, and safer regular connections compared to any land- and waterborne transportation solution used in the past.

The 11th international transport conference TRANSESTONIA 2020 is dedicated to development of the North Belt Transport Corridor from China to Sweden. The conference is going to be held on May 13th-14th, 2020 as a Zoom web conference.  

Main goal of the conference is to discuss and achieve agreements about further transport developments between China and Sweden via Kazakhstan, Russia and Estonia. Working languages of the conference are English and Russian with synchronous translation.

Time Zone: Eeastern European Summer Time, Tallinn (UTC/GMT +3)

Day 1, May 13th, 2020 – Zoom
North Belt China-Sweden Transport Corridor Round Table Web Meeting of Political Delegations. By personal VIP invitations only.

Day 2, May 14th, 2020 – Zoom
09:00 Opening of the Web Conference – Raivo Vare, Moderator
09:15 Introduction of the 2020 Tallinn Declaration of Cooperation – Taavi Aas, Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure 
09:25 e-Estonia: A Digital Society for e-Residents and e-Businesses from allover the World – Tanel Rebane, Director, Estonian Trade Development Agency

09:40 Virtual coffee break hosted by the Estonian Trade Development Agency 

09:45 Start of a Journey on the New Silk Road – Introduction of a Joint Venture between a Chinese platform operator and Greencarrier Freight Services – René Fjord, Head of Overseas, Greencarrier Freight Services International, Sweden
10:00 Transit corridor through Kazakhstan – a bridge connecting East and West – Dmitry Abdullayev, Chairman of the Board, KTZ Express, Kazakhstan
10:15 Following the strongest link in Eurasia: Russian Railways – Video presentation

10:30 Virtual coffee break hosted by the Estonian Railways

10:35 Arrival to the Baltic Sea coast – Raul Toomsalu, Chairman of the Management Board, Operail, Estonia
10:50 The Port of Good News – Valdo Kalm, Chairman of the Management Board, Port of Tallinn, Estonia
11:05 Tallinn is the new Hamburg – Philip Sweens, Managing Director, HHLA International, Germany

11:20 Virtual coffee break hosted by the Port of Tallinn

11:25 Paldiski: “The Baltic Port” of Peter the Great – Aleksandr Kovaljov, Member of the Board, Paldiski Northern Port, Estonia
11:40 Crossing the Baltic Sea – Håkan Fagerström, Group Head of Cargo, Tallink Group, Estonia
11:55 Swedish intermodal networkRobert Vintander, Sales Manager, Stockholm Branch, Green Cargo, Sweden

12:10 Virtual coffee break hosted by DFDS Seaways

12:15 Örebro: The logistics mid-point of the Nordic region – Fredrik Idevall, Assistant Head of Public Transport and Regional Planning, Head of Unit Regional Planning and Infrastructure, Region Örebro County, Sweden
12:30 Sustainable Logistics – Providing the World with New Possibilities – Nick Winther Graversen, International Rail Manager, Greencarrier Freight Services International, Sweden
12:45 Conclusions – Raivo Vare, Moderator
13:00 End of the Web Conference