A national logistics policy will make port management very efficient

Experts insisted on developing a national logistics policy for effective management of the port logistics sector.

They also called for the development of road, rail and river connectivity infrastructure with the ports, and the modernization of the customs structure.

They emphasize the expansion of digital operations, the establishment of bonded warehouses in the private sector and above all, the establishment of an integrated logistics platform.

The experts were speaking at a seminar titled “Efficient Port Logistic Management & Trade Competitiveness of Bangladesh” organized by the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) in the capital on Monday.

Dr. M Masrur Reaz, President of the Policy Exchange of Bangladesh, delivered the keynote address for the seminar.

In his speech, he said that modern port management plays an important role in expanding communication, improving efficiency and general capacity building in international trade.

“In order to increase the capacity of the country’s ports, the formulation of integrated strategies for the development of management, infrastructure and the expansion of connectivity based on the public-private partnership (PPP) model is urgently needed” , he added.

He also said that the use of modern equipment and information technology, the improvement of the quality of logistics services, the formulation of national logistics policies, the strengthening of coordination among relevant stakeholders and the revision customs policies are also important.

In his speech as the main guest, Mostafa Kamal, Secretary of the Ministry of Navigation said that the first terminal at Payra port, established under the PPP model, will be ready for use in the coming months.

He also said that several foreign companies such as DP World, PSA International and Red Sea Port have shown interest in increasing the capacity of ports in Bangladesh.

“The cooperation of these organizations will increase the capacity of the country’s ports, which will further boost our trade and investment,” he added, saying they had already appointed consultants with the aim of setting up the terminal. of the bay. Based on the report received from them, the government will proceed with its construction.

He pointed out that there is a huge shortage of qualified human resources in the country for effective port management and urged the government to take initiatives to create qualified human resources.

In his welcoming remarks, DCCI Chairman Rizwan Rahman said that in assessing the capacity of any country in international trade, the efficiency of port logistics management is considered very important.

“The seaport of Chittagong is recognized as the 64th busiest port in the world, according to World Bank calculations. However, due to lack of efficient port management in terms of container handling, shortage of port yards, absence of port sheds and modern equipment, this port lags far behind among Asian seaports,” said he added.

With the development of the overall capacity of the port of Chittagong, it is possible to significantly reduce the operating costs of trade and investment activities, said the chairman of DCCI.

He proposed the implementation of the activities of the Bay-Terminal and the Patenga Container Terminal through the master plan, capital dredging, increase in jetty capacity and development of road and rail connectivity with the port.

Li Peng Gee, Vice President of Group Business Development, Syed Ali Jowher Rizvi, Managing Director of Summit Alliance Port Limited, Kabir Ahmed, President of Bangladesh Forwarders Association, and Shamim Ul Haque, Country Manager of DP World Bangladesh participated in the debate at the seminar.

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