Rohan to speak at port management strategy summit in Abu Dhabi

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The immediate past Secretary General of the Asian Shippers’ Council (ASC) and a consultant to the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) Rohan Masakorala, has been invited to address the upcoming ports strategy management summit 2013 in Abu Dhabi UAE.

Fleming Gulf conferences with the support of the marine administration of the UAE will host one of the most sought after ports and docks conferences.

The Port management strategy Summit 2013 is where the top brass from the world ports fraternity will meet network and make decisions related to their future operations.

This one of its kind forum will provide a unique opportunity for the port authorities, dock yards, government bodies, stakeholders, service providers and related consultants to synchronise their thoughts, and coordinate their efforts in order to strategically adapt to the evolving trends.

The summit is scheduled to be held on 5 and 6 February 2013, at Park Rotana Hotel Abu Dhabi UAE and will be attended by international port audience and marine logistic professionals who will share their challenges and best practices.

The conference will provide a platform to gain insights and learn about the latest developments at the port frontier.

The summit will focus on private sector business motives, regional stevedoring and political interference, along with strict norms set forth for port management. Increased competition calls for better ways to handle the trans-shipments, strategic port management solutions, and balancing risks and profits.  Combined with the rivalry between various ports to capture more imports/exports than the other, port authorities find it increasingly difficult to adapt to a competitive landscape as demand from service users are ever increasing and to upgrade and maintain ports is a high cost/risk capital intensive investment.

Masakorala will address the gathering on ‘Shippers’ perspective on ports and services’.

A well known shipping personality in Sri Lanka Masakorala, who is the CEO of the Shippers’ Academy Colombo, has over 20 years of international experience in the fields of shipping, exports, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management.

He is qualified in economics, business administration and marketing from the University of Connecticut USA.  

He has served in many director boards in both the private and public sector where he currently serves as the senior consultant to Strategic Enterprise Management Agency (SEMA) on ports and aviation.

In addition to being an independent shipping/trade consultant, he has been involved in professional training in the areas of international trade, logistics, transport and trade facilitation.

He was a past chairman of the Sri Lanka Shippers’ Council and was also the chairman of the South Asian Shippers’ Councils known as ASCOBIPS and was appointed as the first Secretary General of the Asian Shippers’ Council in 2009.

His presentation will focus on the importance of ports and its impact on the shippers’ supply chain, terminal handling charges, congestion charges and other terminal costs, trans-shipment and the importance of connectivity, security and reliability, will be some of the areas he would place his views at the summit.