The APSN Workshop on Gateway Ports and Supply Chain Connectivity was successfully held on November 5-6, 2014 in Seattle, USA. Participants from 12 APEC economies, including Canada; China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Malaysia; the Philippines; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; the United States of America and Vietnam attended the Workshop. They included senior officials from competent port authorities, industry leaders, APSN Council Members, Advisory Board Members and Regular Members, as well as experts from relevant organizations and academia.
Mr. Jerry Rysanek, speaking on behalf of Mr. Tim Meisner, President of the APSN Council, opened the meeting while Mr. Paul Chip Jaenichen, Maritime Administrator, Maritime Administration, US DOT, delivered welcoming remarks during the opening session. In his speech, he introduced the U.S. contributions to the global supply chain by improving its transportation infrastructure connectivity and its fundamental role in job growth, trade and economic prosperity. Mr. Jaenichen also underlined the need for such a unique regional organization as the APSN, especially in light of its efforts to promote supply chain connectivity in the APEC region. More importantly, he commended the work undertaken by the APSN Secretariat over the past years and reiterated the US commitment and support to the APSN.
Mr. Kurt Beckett, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Port of Seattle delivered a keynote speech at the Workshop. Mr. Beckett highlighted the Port of Seattle’s role as a thriving gateway between Asia and the U.S. and shared his views on the progress of local actions achieved by deeper understanding and managing of the multi-modal connections and thus better serving the customers and citizens connected by these modes. Looking forward, Mr. Beckett outlined three port initiatives, which reflect their region’s work to promote the port as a major trade gateway by better managing the connectivity between the key elements of the supply chain.
The Workshop was moderated by Mr. Jerry Rysanek, APSN Senior Consultant.
Session 1: Trends and Challenges for Gateway Ports;
Session 2: Supply Chain Connectivity; and
Session 3: Strategies and Best Practices;
Speakers from the Marine Department of Hong Kong, China, the Maritime Administration of the United States of America, Transport Canada, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan, Vietnam Maritime Administration, Ministry of Transport of Indonesia, United States Coast Guard, and COSCO, Port Metro Vancouver, NCB Holdings Bhd., Saigon Newport Corporation (SNP), and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and the Secretariat made presentations at the Workshop and conducted extensive discussions with the participants.
As part of its efforts to address the APEC priority of “strengthening comprehensive connectivity and infrastructure development,” the APSN provided through this Workshop a valuable platform for Asia-Pacific port authorities, port and shipping industries and relevant organizations for information exchange and best practice sharing.
The Workshop outcome and all presentations made at the Workshop will be shared with all participants and will be posted on the APSN Website for access by APSN members and the general public. These outcomes will also be submitted for information to the next meeting of the APEC TPT-WG in early 2015 and its Maritime Experts Group.