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Mindanao & Visayas shipping conferences set 27-28 April 2016

Transport stakeholders will converge for the second Mindanao Shipping Conference on April 27, 2016 at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao and the first Visayas Shipping Conference on April 28, 2016 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in a discussion on the future of regional shipping and logistics.

Organized by PortCalls, the Philippines’ only shipping and transport guide, and the Philippine International Seafreight Forwarders Association, Inc. (PISFA), the events bring together transport and economic experts who will look at industry directions in the near to medium terms.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority director-general Dr Emmanuel Esguerra is the keynote speaker at both events. He will outline the country’s macroeconomic prospects as well as transport directions for 2016.

Other speakers at both events are Bureau of Customs Deputy Commissioner for Assessment and Operations Coordinating Group Atty. Agaton Teodoro Uvero; PISFA chairperson Mariz Regis; and Maersk-Filipinas, Inc. operations manager Maria Cecilia Bejoc.

Uvero will discuss the BOC’s various efforts at trade facilitation, including the soon-to-be signed into law Customs Modernization and Tariff Act.

Bejoc will conduct a timely discussion on the Safety of Life at Sea or SOLAS amendment concerning container weight verification, a globally binding International Maritime Organization measure effective July 1, 2016. She will explain the amendment’s wide-ranging effect on all international shipments.

A conference highlight is the unveiling of the first Philippine Multimodal Transportation and Logistics Industry Roadmap. The private sector-led plan, to be outlined by Regis, is being used by the Philippine government as a guide in the crafting of the first National Logistics Master Plan.

At the Mindanao Shipping Conference, Mindanao Development Authority Investment Promotion, International Relations and Public Affairs Director Romeo Montenegro will deliver updates on the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area and speak about the promise of regional integration.

The first Mindanao Shipping Conference was held in 2014 in Cagayan de Oro and attracted around 200 delegates. This year’s conference includes a discussion on latest developments and enhancements at the Davao International Container Terminal (DICT). Bonifacio Licayan, assistant general manager of San Vicente Terminal and Brokerage Services, Inc, DICT’s cargo handler, will deliver the presentation.

At the Visayas Shipping Conference, Cebu Port Authority General Manager Edmund Tan will discuss the proposed new Cebu international terminal.

DICT is Platinum Sponsor at the Mindanao Shipping Conference while Isuzu is Gold Sponsor at both the Mindanao and Visayas shipping conferences. Conference partners are the Philippine Exporters Confederation, InterCommerce Network Services, Inc and Cargo Data Exchange Corp.

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