Port Cluster Governance Committee Launched by Global Institute of Logistics

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The Global Institute of Logistics Announces Formation of Study Group to Examine Global Clustering Best Practice

New York-based Global Institute of Logistics has created a Port Cluster Governance Committee (PCGC) to analyze the growing use of port clustering as an aid to supply chain facilitation.

Chaired by Rafael Aznar, Chairman of the Port Authority of Valencia (Valenciaport), the Committee will be made up of recognized thought leaders within the global maritime logistics sphere, who will be invited to join the PCGC by the Institute. The Committee will be further assisted by an honorary advisory board made up of representatives of the premier government, non-government organizations, academics and key industry players drawn from the global maritime logistics industry.

The PCGC will convene 10 times over the next two years, each time in a different port cluster, each drawn from a different global location and each at a different level of port cluster maturity. Each meeting will have a specific theme and will address one specific area of port cluster governance. These modules will include, but not be restricted to, Users, Logistics/Intermodal, Infrastructure, IT/Communications, Property, Security/Environment, Value-add, Cargo Handlers, Control/Regulation, and Community/Leadership.

Representatives of the major stakeholder groups from each cluster visited will be invited to participate in the meetings, thereby allowing the PCGC to see firsthand the level of maturity in port governance around the world. This data will be indispensable in drawing up the Global Institute of Logistics' guide to best practice Port Cluster Governance, planned for 2011. Case studies on each port cluster will be included in the PCGC's interim and final reports. The interim report will be published in June 2010 to coincide with TOC Europe in Valencia.

The Institute is currently taking applications from ports wishing to host one of the 10 planned cluster workshops, which will run in conjunction with the PCGC meetings. These workshops will take the form of Teach-Learn-Benchmark cluster sessions in both developed and emerging port clusters. Please visit http://www.globeinst.org/portcluster for an application form.

Says Kieran Ring, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Institute of Logistics:

"The launch of the PCGC cements the Institute's goals of knowledge-sharing through discussion and the promotion of best practice throughout the entire supply chain. I am delighted that the Institute is researching port cluster governance, an issue which is at the heart of improving supply chain collaboration."

ABOUT GLOBAL INSTITUTE OF LOGISTICS

The Global Institute of Logistics is a New York-based not-for-profit organization founded in 2003 by the members of the Global Logistics Forum under the Chairmanship of the late Robert V. Delaney 1936-2004, the renowned US logistics commentator and author.

The Institute was formed in response to a need for a single body to represent the views of the entire supply chain and as such is made up of representatives of all stakeholders in the process. It actively fosters and promotes collaboration amongst stakeholders in the global logistics community and also acts as a learning centre for a growing community of multinational corporations, third party logistics providers and their supply chain partners.

The Global Maritime Logistics Council was established in 2006 in response to the global logistics industry's call for "joined up thinking" amongst the stakeholders in the global supply chain. The council provides practitioners with an international forum for peer group networking, discussion and learning on latest developments in global maritime logistics strategy.

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