RMIT hosts international conferences on shipping and logistics
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RMIT hosts international conferences on shipping and logistics

RMIT Vietnam recently hosted the 12th Asian International Shipping and Logistics Conference (ICASL 2019) on June 28 and 29 at the Saigon South campus.
The event included attendees from Australia, Korea, China, Malaysia, Bangladesh and Vietnam, and shared and discussed 29 different topics related to changes and the role of shipping and port in the context of the Industrial Revolution 4.0.
Professor Tae-Won Chung, President of Korea Shipping and Logistics Association, said the 2019 ICASL provides an opportunity for global professors and researchers to meet and discuss existing studies on transport. sea ​​and logistics in Asia.
"The workshop created a channel to discuss a wide range of issues related to shipping and logistics in Asia, which can then be used to promote future research and cooperation," Professor Chung said.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

From the first event held in Korea in 2008, the seminar was expanded, not only exchanging research on shipping and logistics between Korea, Japan and China.
Professor Chung said the organizers chose Vietnam for this year's conference because of the rapid growth in the country's shipping and logistics industry. He said: “We want to create channels for industry researchers to create international relationships, have the opportunity to publish research on ICASL-related publications, create an effective environment for participants. attend the experience sharing in this field, the opportunity to form a partnership between researchers participating in the workshop, and expanding the shipping and logistics sector to global scale. ”
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Mr. Pham Huy Toan - Director of Vietnam Maritime Bureau in Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh - said he hoped the seminar would bring useful information to highlight the problems of shipping and logistics in the region. He believes that the workshop can make a significant contribution to attendees making policy recommendations in this area in their country.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
“As we all know, shipping and logistics are very important areas in Asian countries in general and Vietnam in particular,” Toan said. “Every year, the Government of Vietnam organizes many information sessions, seminars, seminars and forums to discuss ways to improve and develop these areas effectively. ICASL 2019, with many presentations on scientific research projects, plays an important role in contributing knowledge on this field, and offering different solutions and proposals for governments and businesses. in industry and educational institutions ”.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma, Head of RMIT Vietnam's Business and Management Faculty, said the topic of the conference this year is also in line with Vietnam's economy, as the country's development depends on integration. and strong cooperation in the region and worldwide.
"According to the World Bank's forecast, Vietnam's logistics costs currently account for about 20.9% of GDP, higher than China by 19%, Thailand by 18%, Japan by 11% and European Community by 10%." , Associate Professor shared. “In the recent logistics forum, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pointed out that high logistics costs are one of the barriers hindering the nation's competitiveness in a connected and integrated trade environment. tightness. The Prime Minister stressed the need to pay attention to efforts to reduce logistics costs, especially when Vietnam strengthens its participation in important trade agreements. "                                                                                                                                                      
Associate Professor Nkhoma emphasized the reduction of logistics costs to 16-20% of GDP by 2025, while increasing the contribution to GDP by 8-10% "will require more effort in restructuring and simplicity." administrative procedures to improve the business environment ”.
He believes that when he learns about the regional logistics challenges with industry experts, policymakers and scholars from Vietnam can find useful solutions for them. current problem of the country.
The 12th ICASL Conference was co-organized by the Korea Association of Shipping and Logistics, Port and Maritime Expert Training Program of Incheon National University, and sponsored by the Ministry of Ocean and Fighting. Korean fish, Yeosu Gwangyang Port Management Board in Korea and RMIT Vietnam School of Management and Business.