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5th Philippine Ports and Shipping Conference

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, indirect tax (customs) and supply chain expert. He is the Editorial Board Chairman of Asia Customs & Trade, an online portal on customs and trade developments affecting global trade and customs compliance in Asia. He was also Bureau of Customs Deputy Commissioner for Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group (2013-2016). For questions, please email at and 


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