Port managers in the Philippines completed Module 2 of the TrainForTrade Port Training Programme

Manila, The Philippines (4-8 August 2014)

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From 4 to 8 August 2014, the 24 middle managers from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Cebu Port Authority and private sector port operators (Davao Integrated Port & Stevedoring Service Corp., Prudential Customs Brokearge Services, Inc. and Manila North Harbour Port, Inc.) who are enrolled in the UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Training Programme (PTP) successfully completed the second of the eight training modules of the Modern Port Management Course. The training was held at the historic Bayleaf Intramuros Hotel Manila.

This training module examines the organization of a port system. The participants learned about the principal port infrastructures and superstructures, as well as the main types of port equipment. The training also focused on the three generations of ports, the different elements that make up transit costs and the organization of the international transport chain. Finally, the module looked at three different types of ports, the need for a port authority and the roles private actors can play in port management and operations.

Senior managers from PPA who have been trained as instructors by UNCTAD led the training. They were assisted by Dr. Joe Hiney, Director, Drogheda Port Company (a port partner of the programme) and Mr. Rio Lasse, a port expert from PT. Pengembang Pelabuhan Indonesia II. Mr. Lasse’s participation as an instructor is an example of the exchange of expertise and regional networking that take place within the English-speaking network of the PTP.

Further to the delivery of module 2, a special one-day meeting was organized to discuss data collection for the study on port performance indicators that Dr. Hiney is conducting within the framework of the PTP. The study will include an international workshop on Strategic Planning and Port Performance Measurement, which will be held later this year in Manila.