BCCI Holds 9th Biennial Conference on Ports, Shipping and Logistics Themed “Make in India – Role of Maritime Industry”

Friday / February 5, 2016

Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), organised the 9th Biennial International Conference on Port, Shipping and Logistics on the topic of “Make in India – Role of Maritime Industry” for converting PM’s vision of “Make in India” into a practical level of reality within the community of trade and commerce. The Chamber stated that the world’s participation in the idea of “Make in India” could only take place through a vibrant Shipping and Logistics infrastructure.

9th Biennial Conference on Ports Shipping and Logistics NGShri. Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Government of India was the Chief Guest at the Inaugural session of this conference. Shri. Gadkari started his message underlining the link between efficiency of logistics sector and social welfare in terms of poverty eradication. He highlighted importance of Coastal shipping, Sagarmala Project, employment opportunities for local youth and its economic implications. He appealed to the corporate for a more direct and continuous interaction with the government for improving the share of coastal shipping. He also insisted that “shipping” should get status of “infrastructure” and accordingly should receive fiscal incentives.

Ease of Doing Business Index for Trading across borders from India has worsened in last few years. This conference explored the maritime factors which may improve “Ease of Doing Business in India”.

Mireille & PascalMs. Mireille ROMBONI-LASSERRE, French Regional Customs Counsellor, Asia/Pacific mentioned that French Customs have implemented a single window systems, integrating 17 agencies and it was observed that 93% custom clearances are released in less than 5 minutes. She informed the audience that France is ranked no. 1 by World Bank in Ease of Doing Business for “trading across borders” based on extensive simplification of procedures.

Mr. Pascal Ollivier, Director- Corporate Development, SOGET S.A made a presentation on “Next Generation Port Community Systems”. He demonstrated that optimization, collaboration and automation are three pillars of PCS for enhancing logistics performance.

The panel discussion on “Ease of Doing Business” is chaired by Mr. Tushar Jani, Chairman,  CSC Group and panel members were: Ms. Mireille ROMBONI-LASSERRE, French Regional Customs Counsellor, Asia/Pacific; Mr. Pascal Ollivier, Director- Corporate Development, SOGET S.A; Mr. Kevin D’Souza, Director, Comm. & Business Development, DP World, Subcontinent; Mr. Jomy Jacob, Deputy Commissioner of Customs, JNCH; Mrs. Audrey Dolhen, Managing Director, CMA CGM India and Ms. Poroma Rebello, Head Commercial, North & Central Region, APL (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Regarding Model Concession Agreement (MCA), members opined that current versions are from landlord perspective and it should have a partnership perspective. Absence of rail and coastal shipping forces people to use roads. But there is atmosphere of change and good initiatives from Govt. such as Sagarmala and Delhi Mumbai Freight Corridor. Members noted that Indian Customs are making a lot of efforts for enhancing ease of doing business such as facilitation meetings with presence of high ranking officials, which is also leading to inter-ministerial coordination.

Connectivity from the ports to hinterland and coordination between multiple modes of transport have been the vital issues. The conference deliberated for smooth connectivity strategies.

Pannel 1Mr. Rajeeva Sinha, Director, Adani Ports & SEZ Ltd. chaired the session. The panel members were: Mr. Neeraj Bansal, IRS, Deputy Chairman, JNPT; Capt. A. K. Singh, CEO, Adani Dahej & Hazira Ports; Mr. Umesh Grover, Advisor, Allcargo Logistics Ltd.; Mr. Farhad Sorabjee, Partner, J. Sagar Associates; Mr. Vineet Malhotra, Director, Kale Logistics Solutions and Mr. Kamal Jain, IRTS, CGM – Western Region, CONCOR.

The members of the panel various issues such as : Level Playing field should be provided to all ports by providing equal connectivity frameworks. Rather, it could be a part of the concession agreement. Members opined that longer and double deck and high speed trains are going to be game changer in future however mid-stream policy changes in rail tariff are not good for business. Regarding the information systems, members insisted that Cargo Community System has been proved effective in many countries for tracking containers and India should certainly look at the same. Regarding litigations, members discussed that liability regime is very important in the context of multimodal transport operator and cargo owners.

Additionally, the conference discussed impact of emerging trends in Logistics and showcased specific success stories from other parts of the world.  Mr. Ainārs Šlesers, Former Vice Prime Minister, Latvia made a presentation about “Port of Riga – Your Gateway to Baltic Region and CISF states”. Mr. S. V. Anchan, Chairman, Safesea Group spoke about USA – India trade and how North Americas view India’s shipping infrastructure.Mr. Aditya Vikram Somani, Chairman, Everest Industries Ltd. made a presentation aboout “Building with Speed for Faster Project Completion”. Capt. Shailesh Karmarkar, BDM, RINA India made a presentation on Sustainability Trends.

Mr. Gadre & Dr. TrivediThe Guest of Honour at Valedictory Session was Dr. Vishwapati Trivedi, (Retd. IAS), Chairman, National Shipping Board, Ministry of Shipping. He insisted that stakeholders should be persistent with the regulatory bodies for conflict resolution and smooth functioning. He also suggested that Indian flag vessel needs to be promoted along with ship building within the country. “Ease of Doing Business” is a necessary pre-requisite for “Make in India”.

Mr. S. Hajara, Ex-CMD, SCI Ltd. summarised the conference proceedings. He said that     Make in India is not applicable to only manufacturing but also to service Industry. He noted that a lot of capacity addition is required in Indian flag to manage the existing exim cargo. He reiterated the importance of coastal shipping and transparency issue.

BCCI Holds 9th Biennial Conference on Ports, Shipping and Logistics Themed “Make in India – Role of Maritime Industry”The event was attended by maritime professionals, manufacturers, exporters and investors. A large number of bureaucrats, representatives of foreign embassies and senior representatives of global logistic players were also participated at this conference.

Deloitte India, the Knowledge Partner made the strategic recommendations based on the industry survey at the beginning of the conference.

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