Transport Logistics represents the largest e most important exhibition in the intermodal and logistics filed, and its statistics over the years confirm this. Italian ports and freight villages signed an agreement with the Italian Trade Agency last August so as to enhance investments in the country. In this agreement there is a lot more than just good intentions, there are tangible actions. This means participating in events and exhibitions but doing so as a Network. A book containing real projects has also been created and was presented during this event. This project contains many investment attractions in Italian ports and freight villages with specifics and what type of investments can be made. It’s the first time that this type of presentation is carried out on an international level and as a network. The participation in the Italian pavilion was high-level and numerous. Many meetings were held and we were able to work on relations that began some years ago with the Chinese Shenzhen ports and association. We also organized a seminar on Italian logistics which was promoted through the Italian Trade Agency channels. Our strong cooperation with other Italian institutions and associations made it possible to create a network with diplomats as well. We are now organizing an Italian mission to the Far East which will involve Port Authorities, Freight villages and the Italian institutions involved in our sector. The positive results of our participation in TL Munich this year confirms that the road taken is correct. There is now a need to put together further relations and connections. Ports and Port Authorities are now facing a new era and we all must work together for the future. This new era can be seen looking at many aspects that are all around us. Clearly, considering the evident situation of climate change that we are living in, one of the aspects of this new world regards environment and sustainability. In this regard, our ports have to work on a daily basis to try to make things as environmentally sustainable as possible. This means changing old methods, this means using new resources, this also means using new technology. And it is this new technology that is also part of our new world. We are surrounded by changes that are connected to new approaches in daily life. The work force of the future will also be diverse in our ports and we must be able to manage these changes and not just live through them. This means changing paradigm and using high tech as an advantage for a better life for future workers and not a disadvantage. New generation ports will be handled differently but the human capital will still be necessary to run them. People should still be at the centre of the new world and the new ports. We cannot and must not imagine a fully robotic world without the participation and support of the human factor. What we see is a technologically advanced port that takes care of sustainability and port impact and with new qualifications amongst workers who can benefit from a better life thanks to high-tech. The crisis in geopolitics also has a role in our changing new world and as ports we must be able to face new challenges and be able to cope with what’s going on. Ports belong to the extended world so we should stop considering them as local and territorial assets and see them as a something more global and more important. In this regard, ports should be working together even if in natural competition for traffic or customers. We are centres of transport, energy, industry and blue economy.
In Italy, quite recently, ports have undergone a Reform which changed some of the previous functions of Port Authorities making them centres that should be looking beyond port quays and directly into surrounding territories, commercial activities, and what’s actually going on around ports. We have become a more dynamic institution and now we are working on further modifications to simplify and improve port operations and investment. For this reason, participation in events should be selective and well organized in cooperation with other institutions as occurred in Munich.