The APSN forum focus on digital innovation and port connectivity, hosted by APSN and co-hosted by the National Port Authority of Peru, was held in Cusco, Peru on September 24, 2019. 120 participants from the relevant authorities, port and shipping companies and institutes attended the forum. Both Mrs. María Jara Risco, the Minister of Transport and Communications of Peru, and the Chairman of the Board of the National Port Authority of Peru delivered opening remarks at the opening ceremony. Mr. José Bustinza, Senior Official of Peru for APEC, delivered a keynote speech titled, “Connectivity and Digital Innovation in APEC’s Vision Group.” Mr. Zhang Baochen also delivered a keynote speech titled, “Development Trends of Intelligent Shipping and Smart Ports.” Other distinguished speakers included representatives from Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications, the National Port Authority of Peru, the World Bank, APM Terminals Callao, Jurong Port Pte Ltd. Singapore, HKSAR’s Marine Department, Hong Kong Container Terminal Operators Association Ltd., Korea Maritime Institute, COSCO Shipping Ports Chancay Peru, Qingdao Port Automated Terminal, and Saigon Newport Corporation—SNP, Viet Nam. The forum focused on digital innovation trends in supply chains and digital innovation initiatives at ports.
This year’s APSN Forum has aroused heated discussions among participants on the development of digital innovation in supply chains and the practice of digital innovation in ports. Topics included: the key role of smart shipping technology in solving industry problems, the growth of the global middle class market and supply chain 4.0, which is important to the e-commerce customers—fast shipping or cheap shipping?, cyberattacks—the great threat of the 4th digital revolution, small and connected next-generational multiple purpose port, and the role of government in digital innovation, etc. These discussions will guide future digital innovation in the port industry and promote the interconnection of ports in the Asia-Pacific region.