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IN this week's PortCalls-organized Cargo Economics Conference, experts on the economy and the cargo industry will help Philippine cargo industry players identify areas of opportunities and avoid pitfalls for 2004.

The October 23, 2003 event at the Hyatt Regency Manila gathers conference speakers who will detail the latest trends and strategies that will help companies increase profitability in the face of uncertain economic times. They will also provide statistics specific to the needs of the cargo industry.

Participants are CEOs and other key managers of international shipping lines, freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and other third-party logistics service providers.

Asian Development Bank lead economist Dr. Ernesto Pernia will discuss the outlook for the global economy, and National Economic and Development Authority assistant director for National Planning and Policy Staff Scolastica Cororaton, the local economy.

Other speakers are Dr. Hussein Lidasan, transport expert from the University of the Philippines (topic: The Philippine transportation sector); Edgar Milla, regional sales director for global shipping line APL (key trends in international container shipping); Atty. Agaton Teodoro O. Uvero, partner in The Law Firm of David Leabres Uvero Gaticales Sto. Tomas and PortCalls columnist (World Trade: The Changing Landscape); Charles Brewer, DHL Express country manager (prospects for international air cargo); Angelito Colona, ASEAN Federation of Freight Forwarder Associations president (the future of logistics in the Philippines); Sean Perez, Asian Terminals, Inc. vice president for marketing and commercial (terminal operations); Atty. Romeo Sto. Tomas, Philippine International Seafreight Forwarders Association director (seafreight forwarding); Eduardo de Guzman II, Aircargo Forwarders of the Phils. Inc. president (airfreight forwarding); Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) deputy executive director Atty. Carmelo Arcilla (CAB directions for 2004); and Philippine Ports Authority Port District Manager-Port District Office Manila Leopoldo Bungubung (investment opportunities in ports.)

After every presentation, a panel of private and public sector cargo industry experts will field questions to the speakers.

The panelists include PortCalls columnist Leo Morada, an expert on information technology and its application to transport and the ports; Francis Lopez, managing director of InterCommerce Network Services and an expert on B2B and B2C applications; Erich Lingad, president of the Philippine International Seafreight Forwarders Association and president of International Consolidated Phils. Inc.; Rene Cruzada, Philippine Shippers Bureau deputy executive director; Modesto Ramos, senior vice president of Hanjin Shipping; Cecille Reyes, Transport and Communications assistant secretary; Herman Tuguigui, acting manager of the Port Marketing Division, Philippine Ports Authority; and Col. Leonardo Odo–o, executive director of the Philippine Liner Shipping Association.

The conference is sponsored by Asian Terminals, Inc., International Container Terminal Services, Inc., Pilipinas Shell, WG&A Philippines, Air 21, DHL Express Phils., Negros Navigation, and Smart Communications, and endorsed by the Aircargo Forwarders of the Phils., Inc., Association of International Shipping Lines, Global Cargo Carriers, Inc., and Philippine International Seafreight Forwarders Association.

To secure a place in the conference, call 551-1775,551-3871, 834-2416, fax 551-3207 or email lalmonte@bworldonline.com

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