Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb will take the 550th anniversary of the Rotterdam philosopher Erasmus’s birth as an occasion to visit Basel. During the Mayor’s visit Rotterdam will renew its existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Swiss city. The municipal representatives will be joined by a large delegation from the Rotterdam port.
Erasmus lived in Rotterdam and Basel and died in the latter city in 1536. Since both cities are situated on the Rhine, Rotterdam itself also has close logistics and commercial ties with Basel. This connection has led to the decision by Mayor Aboutaleb and his Swiss partners in dialogue to once again scrutinize the existing MOU. The inter-city dialogue will also deal with substantive matters like rail corridors and the second Gotthard Tunnel tube.
Aboutaleb will travel to Basel in the week of June 14, and the renewed version of the MOU will be signed later this year. On June 15, the Rotterdam Mayor will also attend the Port of Rotterdam Seminar and Business Event. In addition to offering opportunities to network with the Rotterdam port and logistics delegation, this event will also bring Swiss freight forwarders, shippers and logistics service providers up to date on the latest developments in the Port of Rotterdam, with special attention to the Rotterdam Port Connector website.