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Many economists and researchers of geo-economics define the One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR), recently renamed Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), as one of the most important investment projects in modern history. This paper, after an analysis of the main economic data, focuses on the investments (expanding the analysis to those not comprised in the 65 countries identified) and then moves on to take into consideration foreign trade of these countries and their bilateral trade with Italy.
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This publication is the result of a partnership between SRM and Assoporti. This six-monthly newsletter aims to offer an overview to the operators on the Mediterranean and on the meaning of the port dynamics developing in its wake. The report analyses the economy of the sea, at the international level, in Italy, and in the regions of Southern Italy (the “Mezzogiorno”). The parameters selected are aimed at analysing year-on-year trends in maritime transport from the economic, infrastructural, and business points of view. The indicators are grouped into five categories: Economic situation, International Trade Relations, Competitiveness, Companies and, lastly, Focus on the South of Italy.