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The PortCalls Cargo Economics Conference on October 20, 2011 at the Manila Diamond Hotel will focus on markets opening up for the Philippine logistics industry.

Coinciding with the 15th anniversary of PortCalls, this year’s conference themed “Transportation Supply, Investment and Industry Trends 2012: Road Map to Emerging Markets, Policy Initiatives, and Rate Directions in the Cargo Industry” will explore trends affecting businesses in the near term and what measures logistics practitioners can take to ensure their businesses follow the profit path.

Marites Oliva, assistant director of the National Planning and Policy Staff at the National Economic and Development Authority, will provide conference delegates with tools essential for business planning with her presentation on the “2012 Macroeconomic Outlook”. Oliva will also discuss how the cargo industry can participate in public-private partnerships espoused by the Aquino administration.

Economist and World Bank consultant Dennis Arroyo will identify “Emerging Markets and Opportunities for Trade and Transport”, pointing delegates to potentially lucrative areas. The presentation of Arroyo, who is also a fellow and director of survey research firm Social Weather Stations, is particularly timely considering the dismal performance of traditional markets like the Europe and US.

Industry stakeholders are groaning under the unremitting burden of rising fuel costs and operational expenses, and are on the lookout for practical solutions. Enrique Castillo, president of Fast Logistics and former president of the Supply Chain Management of the Philippines, will tackle creative value propositions that can be adopted to remain competitive through his presentation “The State of Logistics Outsourcing: Bringing 3PL Value Proposition to the Next Level”.

Customs Deputy Commissioner for Management Information Systems and Technology Group Ma Caridad Manarang will discuss “Customs Trade Facilitation Initiatives” — what have been done so far in terms of automating processes at the Bureau of Customs and what still needs to be accomplished to ensure the unimpeded flow of trade.

About a hundred company owners and executives from international shipping lines, international freight forwarding and customs brokerage companies, and other third-party logistics providers as well as government officials involved in the transportation sector have signed up for the conference.

Port Net Logistics, Inc is the conference’s major sponsor. Minor sponsors are Cebu Pacific Cargo, Supply Chain Management Association of the Philippines, and the Transmodal Group. Asian Terminals, Inc is a participating sponsor.

For more information on the PortCalls Cargo Economics Conference, go to http://www.portcalls.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/Registration-Form.pdf, email info@portcalls.com or call (63) 552-7072.

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