Govt, port operators to hold summit

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Amid the backdrop of continuing congestion at the port of Manila, government agencies and two major port operators will be addressing key port concerns in a summit hosted by the Port Users Confederation (PUC) dubbed “The Ports Summit” on November 17 at The Manila Hotel.

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PUC president retired Col. Rodolfo De Ocampo said the summit to be attended by more than 300 delegates will assess the impact of port congestion on Philippine industry and formulate solutions for optimal port operations.

The conference, he said, hopes to pave the way for a “meaningful and continuing dialogue” between the public and private sectors after the Manila truck ban between February and September led to the build up of cargo at the ports of Manila.

The summit will hold simultaneous workshops to be moderated by experts from different fields, and the outcome of which will then be submitted to concerned government agencies and other relevant entities.

Representatives from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Bureau of Customs (BOC), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), National Competitiveness Council (NCC), and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) are expected to attend.

They will engage delegates from Asian Terminals Inc. (ATI) and International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) in moderated discussions with representatives from local and international business chambers and industry associations.

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