Delegates at the 43rd Conference of the ASEAN Port Association (Photo: baobariavungtau.com.vn)

Ba Ria-Vung Tau (VNA) – The 43rd Conference of the ASEAN Port Association (APA) opened in Vung Tau city, the southern coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, drawing representatives of the ASEAN member countries, excepting for land-locked Laos.

Participants at the two-day event discussed measures to manage and exploit seaports, while sharing experience in developing seaports in the region.

At the same time, they shared experience in simplifying administrative procedures at the port, strengthening the application of information technology, and developing a network to share information.

They will also exchange ideals and initiatives to protect maritime economy, making seaport greener and friendlier to the environment.

Ho Kim Lan, General Secretary of the Vietnam Seaport Association (VSA) said that the annual meeting aims to review operation of regional seaports in 2017 and map out the association’s plan of actions for 2018.

Lan added that through the event, the VSA will introduce the deepwater seaport system and the formation of Thi Vai-Cai Mep port cluster, one of the most modern of its kind in Vietnam, thus seeking partnership with regional countries and world supply chains.

VSA also will discuss cooperation with APA members in developing high quality human resources for the region and the world.-VNA