In the framework of the International Maritime Day, the Port of Durrës hosted the regional conference of the SAGOV project, on the role of ports in the implementation of regional investments for infrastructure interconnection.
Also present at the meeting was the new Director of the Permanent Secretariat of the Transport Community, Matej Zakonjšek. The meeting focused on the cooperation of the Albanian, Montenegrin and Italian ports in the implementation of the infrastructural interconnection of the European transport corridors (TEN-T core network).
In his welcome speech, the Director of APD, Pirro Vengu, presented the contribution of the Adriatic ports in successfully coping with the difficulties that maritime transport faced during the pandemic.
"This year, the Port of Durres has invested heavily in the digitalization of port services and the automation of some processes, to facilitate the work of operators and users of the port," said Vengu.
"Albania's commitment within the Berlin Process to the implementation of European transport priorities has also provided financial and technical support for several key projects that are already being implemented by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Energy, with the assistance of the EU, EBRD and WBIF, among which includes the rehabilitation of port infrastructure ", underlined Vengu.
The participants stressed the importance of investments being made in Albania, such as Rruga e Arbrit, the finalization of the Albanian segment of the Blue Corridor and the soon launch of works for the Tirana-Rinas-Durrës railway, investments that strengthen the importance of Durrës as a regional logistics hub.
"International Maritime Day is the ideal moment to meet the main actors of regional maritime transport", Zakonjšek began his speech.
After mentioning the importance of ports in the European infrastructure interconnection agenda, Zakonjsek listed the main points where his mandate at the head of the Permanent Secretariat of Transport will focus.
The coordinator of the project "Good administration of infrastructure interconnection in the southern Adriatic", Ardian Haçkaj from the Institute for Cooperation and Development, presented the main conclusions of research conducted by SAGOV project specialists, as well as some of the achievements in the field of institutional coordination between the three countries.
Otasevic from the Montenegrin Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs presented Montenegrin maritime transport policies and the contribution of Montenegrin ports to the regional interconnection agenda. He mentioned as positive examples the cooperation in organizing the green corridors and the joint management of the Tuz railway station.
Prof. Bergantino highlighted the specifics of Puglia and Italy as a member country in the policy planning cycle, the alignment between the interests of southern Italy and the southern Adriatic countries to turn this area into an important crossroads of European shipping.
The conference will be followed by a seminar of the three countries' technical teams for regional maritime infrastructure policy and project planning.