W&H presents GVZ concept at logistics conference in Vilnius

On 25 June 2009, a con­fe­rence was held in Vilnius, Lithuania’s ca­pi­tal, at the in­vi­ta­ti­on of the Lithuanian rail­way com­pa­ny Lietuvos ge­ležin­ke­liai (LG).

The Berlin-Brandenburg re­gi­on was re­pre­sen­ted by Prof. Dr. Andreas Timmermann, Director of the Department for Foreign Trade and Market Access in the Economic Promotion Department of the Brandenburg Ministry of Economic Affairs, Carl Ahlgrimm, Mayor Großbeeren, Dr. Norbert Wagener, coor­di­na­tor LogisticsNetz Berlin-Brandenburg and Managing Director Wagener & Herbst, Grit Kämmerer of IPG mbH and Wulfram Overmann of WAGENER & HERBST (W&H).

The con­fe­rence was at­ten­ded by re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of the Lithuanian Ministry of Transport and Communication un­der the lea­ders­hip of Vice-Minister Rimvydas Vastakas, the ma­nage­ment of the wel­co­m­ing Lithuanian Railway Company, led by General Manager Stasys Dailydka, as well as re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves of ci­ties and sur­roun­ding com­mu­nities of Vilnius, Klaipeda and Kaunas as well as of plan­ning in­sti­tu­ti­ons and lo­gistics associations.

In Lithuania, the de­ve­lo­p­ment of three freight trans­port cen­ters has be­en de­fi­ned in the na­tio­nal trans­port stra­te­gy. Ernst & Young Baltic UAB, the IPG and W & H on be­half of the Lithuanian Railway are cur­r­ent­ly working on a fea­si­bi­li­ty stu­dy for a GVZ in the ca­pi­tal re­gi­on of Lithuania. The two other GVZs are to be built in Klaipeda ne­ar the har­bor as well as in Kaunas.

The fo­cus of the event was the pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the suc­cess mo­dels of the Berlin GVZs and the pre­sen­ta­ti­on of the Berlin-Brandenburg Logistics and Economic Region. The im­pact of a GVZ sett­le­ment for a mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty was me­dia­ted by Mayor Ahlgrimm using the ex­amp­le of Großbeeren.

Interim re­sults of the on­go­ing pro­ject we­re pre­sen­ted by Ernst & Young, LG and W & H. The fi­nal pre­sen­ta­ti­on is sche­du­led for the end of September 2009 in Vilnius. The par­ti­ci­pants in­ten­si­ve­ly used the mee­ting to ask open ques­ti­ons about the de­ve­lo­p­ment of the GVZ and to ex­chan­ge ide­as with the German partners.

At the press con­fe­rence held af­ter­wards, a very po­si­ti­ve re­view of the event was held. An in­ten­si­fi­ca­ti­on of coope­ra­ti­on bet­ween Lithuania and Brandenburg is being pur­sued to trans­fer the suc­cess mo­del of the freight trans­port cen­ters to Lithuania.

W&H pres­ents GVZ con­cept at lo­gistics con­fe­rence in Vilnius
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