Global maritime stakeholders’ forum to be created tomorrow

Global maritime stakeholders’ forum to be created tomorrow

Representatives of major stakeholders in the maritime supply chain will meet on Wednesday to create a global maritime stakeholders’ forum, Splash can exclusively reveal.

This meeting will take place during the Summit of the International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD) in Leipzig. These stakeholders include: shippers, the shipping sector, terminals, ports, freight forwarders, UNCTAD, Global Institute of Logistics and the International Transport Forum of the OECD.

The aim of this forum is to stimulate cooperation between major stakeholders in the maritime supply chain in order to solve bottlenecks to efficiency. The forum also hopes to develop a common joint vision of the major stakeholders on the desirable development of the maritime supply chain in the future.

Depending on the discussions, it could jointly develop a set of lessons from good practices in selected areas most relevant to the stakeholders.

“The global maritime stakeholders’ forum represents a milestone for the maritime logistics community. The meeting is the first concrete step in establishing a global platform made up of representatives of the key stakeholder groups”, said Olaf Merk, administrator for ports and shipping at the International Transport Forum at the OECD. “The creation of this group is based on the recognition that the main efficiency gains in the maritime supply chain could be reached via better collaboration between the different stakeholders: this is the new frontier for efficiency.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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