APSN Workshop on Improving Port and Supply Chain Connectivity was successfully held on November 10-11, 2015 in Cebu City, the Philippines.
Around 200 participants of governments, shippers, ports and ports related industries from Canada, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, China; Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Chinese Taipei and Thailand were in attendance.
At the opening session, Mr. Tim Meisner, President of the APSN Council expressed warm welcome to all the participants and looked forward to a fruitful discussion at the Workshop. The President also wished to extend his deepest gratitude to the Philippines Ports Authority and Cebu Ports Authority for hosting the Workshop. Atty. Juan C. Sta. Ana, General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority delivered welcoming remarks during the opening session. Mr. Julianito G. Bucayan, JR, Undersecretary for Project Implementation & Special Concerns of Department of Transportation and Communications of Philippines addressed the keynote speech at the workshop.
The workshop was moderated by APSN senior consultant, Mr. Jerry Rysanek by 3 Sessions:
Ø Session 1: Port and Supply Chain Connectivity: The Big Picture;
Ø Session 2: Intermodal Connectivity;
Ø Panel Session: Shippers Perspective.
Speakers of senior officers, top managers and experts from governments, leading industries, international organizations shared their experiences to all. As highlight of this workshop, Panel Session was facilitated by Dr. Roberto Galang, operations officer of the Internal Finance Corporation (IFC) with 4 panelists: Mr. Willy Lin, the Chairman of Hong Kong Shipper’s Council, Mr. Daniel Ventanilla, General Manager of NYK Lines Philippines; Mr. Sean Van Dort, Chairman of Sri Lanka Shippers Council and Mr. Jens Eskelund, Managing Director of Maersk China Ltd conducted extensive discussions.
By the second day of the workshop, Mr. Akhmad Bayhaqi, Senior Analyst of Polilcy Support Unit from APEC Secretariat was invited to introduce his one of the prestigious researches “APEC Connectivity Blueprint”. The Manager and Senior Policy Advisor of International Marine Policy Branch of the Transport Canada, Mr. Francois Marier shared the case study about the Asia Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative. The representative of APSN also presented “Promote the Port Connectivity in APEC Region”.
The Workshop provided an invaluable platform for port authorities, port and shipping industries and relevant organizations for information exchange and best practice sharing. It has promoted the understanding of APEC member economies on supply chain connectivity in the port and shipping industries.
The fruitful workshop outcomes 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 early 2016 and its Maritime Experts Group.
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