Transport and Logistics
The world shipping
and port industry has faced great and rapid changes. The continuing
pace of technological change and the trend toward larger and faster
ships is evident as shipping lines compete in seeking economies of scale
in the global market. Developing countries in the region face a policy
dilemma in ensuring access to competitive shipping services while promoting
national shipping fleets and related interests.
the Asia and Pacific region some of the world's most modern container
ships are calling at an extensive network of mainline and feeder ports.
As global logistics becomes a worldwide trend, some leading ports have
already transformed and expanded their functions and business activities
to provide users with value added logistics services while other smaller
ports in the region also have an important part to play in the total logistics
order to assist policy makers and the industry to keep abreast of developments
in the maritime sector and make informed decisions, the secretariat shares
the results of the studies undertaken, and conducts seminars and workshops
from time to time.