Organisations, investors and businesses both at home and abroad operating in logistics and seaport services discussed measures to develop the sector in Vietnam in the face of international economic integration, at a forum in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on March 30.

The event, jointly held by the provincial People’s Committee and the National Commission for International Economic Cooperation, was part of activities within the framework of the international economic integration programme during the 2011-2015 period.

It is aimed at creating a multi-dimensional forum for participants to deliberate opportunities and challenges in the implementation of integration commitments regarding trade logistics and seaport services in Ba Ria-Vung Tau province and in Vietnam as well.

Logistics plays a decisive role in determining the competitiveness of each country’s industry and trade, ensuring economic performance, meeting time and quality demands of other services, and helping to reduce costs as well as improve product quality.

At the forum, foreign experts from Singapore, Germany and the UK presented lessons learned from several countries in the region and the world in developing logistics and seaport services and proposed measures to help Vietnam develop such services.

Vietnamese economists and logisticians also shared their viewpoints on Vietnam’s logistics development strategy in accordance with commitments the country has made to the World Trade Organisation as well as trade agreements with other partners./.