Sixth Edition of CII Goa Conference kicked off

Panjim: Sixth edition of CII Goa conference on logistics was held on Saturday.
Industry stalwarts from Goa and across India participated in the conference to drive the three point programme on development of air-cargo in the state, making Goa a multi-modal logistics park and integration of water-based blue economy.
Addressing the CII Goa Conference on Logistics, Suresh Prabhu, India’s Sherpa for G20 and G7 Summit and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) stated that Goa being situated at the heart of the country was well poised to be one of the most unique destination for Multi-Modal Logistics Hub particularly from the perspective of the overall logistics and due to its strategic location which makes it very effective for Industrial economic activities and integration of various services, thus providing end to end solutions with all the key elements. Goa also has the advantage of all forms of transport for movement of goods and services in Goa.
Mr Prabhu said with the changing landscape of India in the field of logistics and with the advancement of electronic transactions taking place on a large scale across the various platforms, making e-commerce the medium to transfer goods and services physically; logistics has to be developed for the actual delivery of various goods thus making warehousing for storage a key element of the entire system that would support the overall logistics.
He stressed that in the process of developing Goa as a Hub for Multi-Modal logistics, there was a need for a well-planned approach so that it did not hamper the natural resources and Goa’s rich bio-diversity. Developing logistics would also help in creating jobs and protecting the resources of the state, he added.
On the perspective of Imports-Exports, Prabhu said there was need to develop the right infrastructure which would in turn help tourism.
”Development of logistics in the state would help the creation of a Start-Up eco-system in the state and these start-ups could work on providing solutions to the sustainable advancement of the overall logistics infrastructure that would be required. Government support and funding for start-ups to grow would be the right approach. The export of agriculture produce through the Agriculture Export Policy would also promote logistics not only for the state but the entire country, creating opportunities for the local farmers across the districts and Goa could be ideal for exports of agricultural, horticulture, dairy, fish, meats and marine products etc,” he said.
Prabhu said the Air Cargo Policy announced at the World’s Global Aviation Summit was during his tenure as the Aviation Minister.
”More than 87 countries attended the Summit, which was the first of its kind and supplementing the passenger traffic with air cargo which would help Mopa airport currently under construction. Goa could also link the Cargo movement through waterways to other strategic coastal ports around the country thus creating a logistics corridors for many states around the length and breadth of the country especially in Western India which was an arguably being a Multi-Modal logistics in its true sense,” he said.

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