Successful special session during GPRA 2015 in Hong Kong

AGKN, as a long-term cooperative partner of the Shipping Research Centre at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is invited to take charge of one special session in the conference on the topic of „Sustainable connectivity management in logistics clusters”. Given this opportunity, AGKN contributes in the way of generating creative methods to tackle unresolved challenges in port operations and management. Besides, the collaborative network between AGKN and other participants from academic as well as practical areas are going to be further strengthened through such a multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Under the organization of the Shipping Research Centre at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Global Port Research Alliance (GPRA) 2015 conference on “Port and Logistics Connectivity” was carried out on May 21-22, Hong Kong. In response to the complex challenges faced by the port sector and the related shipping and logistics industries, the GPRA has been formed among leading universities in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia to establish a global research and teaching platform for port operations, maritime and transport logistics by building collaborative arrangements among GPRA members, as well as between GPRA and the industry.

Session chairs (f.l.t.r.): Prof. Zaili Yang (Liverpool John Moores University), Prof. Dr. Hans-Dietrich Haasis (University of Bremen), Prof. Dr. Irina Dovbischuk (AGKN e.V.), Prof. Young-Tae Chang (Inha University), and Prof. Dr. Venus Lun (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University).

Aim and Scope of the Special Session:
Different policy master plans in Asia promote connectivity after publication of the first Logistics Performance Index (LPI) report of World Bank. The first LPI report labeled connectivity as decisive for trade and transport facilitation. Furthermore, the connectivity concept has economic, social, and environmental dimensions, which bring people, goods, learning, resources, and capital closer together. The aim of the session to deepen the notion of connectivity for logistic clusters through interchange of different views on connectivity and the ways of its management in both industrialized and emerging economies.

The GPRA 2016 takes place in spring 2016 in Hamburg, Germany.

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