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WE are participating at this week’s 5th Philippine Port and Shipping Conference (February 12-13, 2009 at The Peninsula, Makati City) as chairman of one of the sessions (A Global Perspective on Ports Strategy And Infrastructure).

Hosted by the Philippine Ports Authority, the two-day exhibit and conference has the following theme:

  • Towards Economic Growth in The Maritime Sector: Current Initiatives And Future Outcomes
  • Tackling Future Challenges And Industry Transformation Within BIMP-EAGA
  • Growth Opportunities And Impediments in Financing Infrastructure Development
  • Evaluating The Direction of Growth in Shipping – The Next Hot Spots
  • Understanding Volume Growth And Congestion Issues And The Effect on Port And Terminal Profitability
  • How Port Logistics Are Working Towards Facilitating Integration of Supply Chains
  • Technology And Solutions For The Port And Container Shipping Industry

Conference Sessions

With delegates and speakers from many countries, the conference has 4 sessions — each session having a set of related topics and speakers.

SESSION 1 Towards Economic Growth In The Maritime Sector: Current Initiatives And Future Outcomes
10:45 am Chairman’s Opening Remarks, Des Powell, Deputy Chairman, Port of Melbourne, Australia
10:50 am Napoleon L. Morales, Commissioner, Bureau of Customs
11:20 am Antonio R. Santos, Chairman, BIMP-EAGA Business Council, The Philippines
11:50 am Jasper B. Virola, Infrastructure Investment Officer, International Finance Corp, Philippines
12 20pm Lee Perkins, Chief Executive Officer, China Intel Group, China

SESSION 2 Perspectives of The Shipping Industry – Advantages And Opportunities
2:00 pm Chairman’s Remarks
2:05 pm Des Powell, Deputy Chairman, Port of Melbourne, Australia
2:25 pm Hadi Kassem, Marketing Director, Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, United Arab Emirates
2:45 pm Christian Gonzalez, President & General Manager, Manila International Container Terminal
4:00 pm Ali K. Al Jallaf, Director, Dubai Cargo Village, United Arab Emirates
4:25 pm Jesus B. Sedano, Owner’s Representative, Regional Container Lines, The Philippines
4:50 pm Fergas Wong, Regional Underwriting Director (Asia Pacific), Thomas Miller, Hong Kong
5:15 pm Jerameel Azurin, SME Marketing Head, PLDT, The Philippines

SESSION 3 A Global Perspective on Ports Strategy And Infrastructure
9:00 am Chairman’s Opening Remarks, Attorney Agaton Teodoro Uvero, International Trade and Customs Expert
9 05 am Ernst T. A. Schulze, Executive Vice President – Technical, Asian Terminals Inc., The Philippines
9 30 am Michael L. Romero, Chief Executive Officer, Harbour Centre Port Terminal Inc., The Philippines
11:00 am Attorney Ferdinand L. Hernandez, Senior Deputy Administrator For Operations, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, The Philippines
11:25 am Tau Morwe, Chief Executive Officer, Transnet Port Terminals, South Africa
11:50 am Aldo Babic, Vice President And Sales And Operations Director, Port of Koper, Slovenia
12:15 pm Rafael Sapina, Director of Liner Shipping And Port Operators, Fundacion Valenciaport, Spain

SESSION 4 Technology And Solutions For The Port And Container Shipping Industry
2:00 pm Chairman’s Opening Remarks, Mark Millar, Vice President, Supply Chain Asia, Hong Kong
2:05 pm Leo V. Morada, Chief Executive Officer, Cargo Data Exchange Centre, The Philippines
2:25 pm Ryan Flynn, Director, Konecranes Ports, North East And South East Asia, China
2:45 pm Shamil Yakhin, Director, ARL Consulting, Russia
3:30 pm John Cooper, Managing Director, Cavotec, Hong Kong
3:50 pm Kieran Ring, CEO, Global Institute of Logistics, USA
4:10 pm Bob Newman, President and CEO, WAS Security, Inc., USA

The author is an international trade consultant and a licensed customs broker. He is a lecturer on logistics, indirect tax and customs, and a lecturer of Ateneo and BayanTrade on Supply Chain Management. Please contact agatonuvero@yahoo.com for your comments.

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