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CII Andhra Pradesh Logistics Conference
Name of event : CII Andhra Pradesh Logistics Conference 2019 Visakhapatnam
Date & Place : 09.11.2019 Visakhapatnam

Photo(L to R) : Group photo - Mr J Srinivasa Raju, Vice Chairman, CII Visakhapatnam Zone, Dr D K Srinivas, IRS, Principal Commissioner Customs, Mr Vijay Naidu Galla, Chairman, CII Andhra Pradesh State Council, Mr P L Haranadh, IRTS, Deputy Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust, Mr Anil Narayanan, Convenor, Logistics and Marine Panel, CII Visakhapatnam Zone, Mr S Samiuddin, Director & Head, CII Andhra Pradesh

Confederation of Indian Industry organized a Conference on Logistics focusing on theme “Enhance Logistics Competitiveness through Smart & Sustainable Business” here today.

Speaking at the Inaugural Session of the Conference Dr D K Srinivas, IRS, Principal Commissioner, Customs said that Government of India constituted a trade facilitation council to address logistics bottlenecks for accelerating growth and reducing transportation cost. He felt that logistics could be improved by implementing digitization.

He emphasized that there is a need to have an integrated approach to port handling facilities by involving all stakeholders. Referring to Government procedures, there has been standardization of rules followed by customs at ports.

Mr P L Haranadh, IRTS, Deputy Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust was of the opinion that when economy grows the logistics sector would also grow and contributes to creation of more employment opportunities. In order to address the infrastructure bottlenecks at Ports, Government of India launched Sagaramala initiative. He felt that there is a need for faster evacuation of goods at Ports for transshipment of more goods.

Illustrating about various modes of transport, Mr Haranadh emphasized on need for supplementing Road ways, railways with Seaports. In order to reduce logistics cost he suggested to develop coastal shipping in the State. He advocated for better customer experience to attract more business for the ports.

Mr Krishna B Kotak, Chairman, JM Baxi Group stated that location plays vital role in creating logistics hub. He said that Andhra Pradesh has all the distinct features for making it as Logistics hub of the Country.

Mentioning about export of various food products, he said that Andhra Pradesh produces eighty percent of ingredients required for preparing masalas which need to be exported from Andhra Pradesh Ports. In this connection, he said that there is a need to create great volumes of business and develop required infrastructure at Ports in Andhra Pradesh. This would help to create Andhra Pradesh as gateway to export of various products from the state, he added.

Mr Vijay Naidu Galla, Chairman, CII Andhra Pradesh State Council in his address felt that building required infrastructure is essential for promoting growth in logistics sector.

In setting the context, Mr Anil Narayanan, Convenor, Logistics and Marine Panel, CII Visakhapatnam Zone said that Visakhapatnam city enjoys strategic advantage due to “ Look East Policy”. With the proposed Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor the city is on international map in attracting investments in to logistics sector. He also mentioned that with digitization there has been increasing mechanization at various container terminals.

Mr J Srinivasa Raju, Vice Chairman, CII Visakhapatnam Zone delivered the Concluding remarks at the Session. In his address Mr Srinivasa Raju highlighted CII visit to Andaman & Nicobar Islands and briefed the potential opportunities available for Industry. He also said that Industry in Visakhapatnam could take advantage of potential opportunities in Andaman & Nicobar Island.

 
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