Study on Planning, Development and Operation of Dry Ports of International Importance

Study on Planning, Development and Operation of Dry Ports of International Importance

Date: 
Friday, February 26, 2016
Abstract

As governments try to reconcile the increasing demand for transport infrastructure and services with the need to reduce the negative impact of the transport sector on the environment, the Intergovernmental Agreement on Dry Ports, together with the Intergovernmental Agreements on the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway Networks, form an institutional framework aimed at supporting member countries in their efforts to work together towards the development of regional transport corridors. Developing well-connected dry ports at strategically advantageous inland locations along the routes of the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway networks may assist member countries in defining a hinterland development strategy, while facilitating access to markets for landlocked countries and advancing an efficient logistics industry across the region. Related actions will help to realize the vision of an international integrated intermodal transport and logistics system for the region as well as contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. In the present document, the work of the secretariat, in collaboration with member States, to promote the development of dry ports is highlighted and an assessment is provided of policies and issues which have contributed to the operational and financial success of such facilities in selected countries of the region. The assessment can be applied to the development efforts for such facilities in other countries.

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