With a focus on unblocking bottlenecks and capitalising on opportunities, PHD Chamber of Commerce organised the ‘National Maritime Conclave-2019’ in New Delhi. The conclave was graced by the presence of N Sivasailam, Special Secretary (Logistics), Department of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Dilip Kumar Gupta, Managing Director, Sagarmala Development Company and V Kalyana Rama, Chairman & Managing Director, CONCOR along with the industry professionals.
Being a moderator of the session themed ‘Port modernisation & multi-modal transportation system’, Pawanexh Kohli, CEO, NCCD, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, Government of India, said, “As an industry, we must all try to make logistics more productive. Increasing port capacity to cater to the growing traffic will automatically bring down the cost of operations and per unit cost of goods handled. The mindset, however, needs to be changed in terms of being productive for the same cost. For instance, we can increase our capacity utilisation which should be done with greater operational efficiency.” He added that the industry must speak to the government about turnarounds to help them become more productive.