Ports conference hots up

Mar 18, 2003
Author: P&S

Plans for the 23rd International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Conference, which is to be held in Durban from 24 May to 30 May 2003, are firming up, with so far more than 600 delegates from 84 countries having indicated their attendance.

The conference is being held at Durban’s International Convention Centre (ICC) with the National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA) acting as host.

The theme of the conference is: ‘Ports – the catalytic impact: Uniting world economies through ports and harbours’ and will be accompanied by a trade exhibition consisting of about 50 international exhibitors from South Africa, the USA, UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Panama.

Topics that will come under discussion at the IAPH conference include: Prospects and challenges of the global economy and trade; Emerging trends of world shipping and logistics; The impact of IT, logistics and technical innovation on ports; Port security and environment management; and Challenges for the future.

This is the first time this prestigious international gathering has been held on African soil and offers the local port authority as well as the operator (SA Port Operations) and South African shipping interests a unique opportunity to showcase their activities and achievements.

According to Siyabonga Gama, CEO of the National Ports Authority and IAPH Conference vice president, the conference proves that South Africa, its infrastructure and business industry is taken seriously and can hold its own among the best in the world.

“The National Ports Authority is proud to be hosting this world conference and will ensure that delegates enjoy a truly African experience,” he said, adding that the NPA was very pleased with the interest and response from both local and international companies.

Further information about the conference including registration details can be found at the website www.iaph2003.co.za or by emailing Global Conferences at iaph2003@globalconf.co.za The telephone contact is 27 21 762 8600.

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