PANAJI: With well-developed logistics integral to the growth of local industry, CII-Goa is organising the 5th edition of its Conference of Logistics- Roadmap for Port Led Development, Inland Waterways and Multi-Modal Logistics, on November 30, 2019, at Vivanta by Taj, Panaji.
The conference is expected to highlight the various issues faced by Goan companies in logistics. It will also ask for formulation of a state logistics policy as well as categorising logistics as an industry.
To get all stakeholders on board, CII-Goa has asked Amita Prasad, chairperson Inland Waterways Authority of India; Pandurang Kondiram Raut, deputy Director General of Shipping; V Soundararajan, Commissioner of Central GST, Customs and Dilip Kumar Gupta, managing director, Sagarmala Development Company, to be present at the conference.
Local stakeholders such as Michael Lobo, Minister of Ports; Mauvin Godinho, Minister of Transport; Shrinivas V Dempo, chairperson and managing director, Dempo Shipbuilding and Engineering and Gagan Malik, airport director, Goa International Airport are also a part of the conference.
While Goa has all the factors in place for growth of a logistics industry it lacks integration between different modes of transport, according to CII-Goa.
Speaking about the existing scenario in logistics, Lalit Saraswat, chairperson, CII-Goa, said that, various editions of logistics conferences has resulted in increasing awareness of the sector but lot of issues remain unaddressed. He said that, logistics has scope for employment and needs to be encouraged in the state.
The conference will be divided in three sessions covering development of inland waterways, Sagarmala project and a session on multi-modal logistics in Goa. It will cover topics such as costal shipping, new and emerging areas in Indian ports, skill development of coastal communities, opportunities for investment, among others.
The state has a logistics park in Bali, but the park lacks inter-ministerial clearance, revealed members of CII-Goa logistics committee.