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6th ASEAN Ports and Shipping 2008 Vietnam Exhibition and Conference

ASEAN Ports and Shipping is the largest annual Containerised Ports, Shipping, and Transport Logistics Exhibition and Conference in the ASEAN region and one of the largest annual trade events of its kind throughout the Asia Pacific region. We are honoured that the Ministry of Transport Vietnam has endorsed the 6th ASEAN Ports and Shipping 2008 Vietnam Exhibition and Conference taking place at the 5 star Windsor Plaza Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 June 2008.

Press Release

In progressing the development of Vietnam’s maritime industry, the Vietnam Maritime Code has been revised to encourage all Vietnamese and foreign organisations and companies to invest in developing Vietnam’s shipping industry, port facilities, maintenance and management. With the long-term goal to reform the marine sector beyond 2010, the Vietnamese government aims to develop the shipping sector as a leading industry of the sea-based economy, further international economic integration and ensure sustainable growth.

The Vietnamese maritime sector will build additional deep-water ports in the north, centre and south, as well as the Van Phong International Seaport after completing upgrade and expansion of ten key ports. The ten ports to be upgraded include Cai Lan, Hai Phong, Cua Lo, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon, Sai Gon, Can Tho, Thi Vai and Dung Quat. In addition, the sector will develop key projects including the Lach Huyen Seaport in the city of Hai Phong, the Lien Chieu Seaport in the central city of Da Nang and the Cai Mep-Thi Vai Seaport in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Vietnam aims to increase port capacity for incoming ships by twenty percent and cargo loading capacity by twelve percent to meet the increasing demand in imports and exports.

The 6th ASEAN Ports and Shipping 2008 Vietnam Exhibition and Conference will provide companies with an ideal platform to showcase products and services to this lucrative and emerging market. The event also presents opportunities for companies and industry professionals to raise brand awareness, launch new products, network and establish business contacts. On Wednesday 4 June 2008, there will be a morning Technical Site Visit to Saigon Port and other container terminal operations followed by an afternoon City Tour of Ho Chi Minh City and an evening Welcome Reception for all participants and spouses. On Thursday 5 June 2008 evening, there will be a spectacular Gala Dinner that promises to be one of the highlights of the 3 days event for all participants and spouses.

There will be a concurrent 2 days Exhibition of 85 international companies and sponsors showcasing containerised transport related products and services. On Thursday 5 and Friday 6 June 2008, there will be a two days Conference featuring 30 world-class business leaders analysing latest global transport and logistics issues attended by 350 senior executive delegates from over 25 countries comprising some of the world’s leading shipping lines, shippers, cargo owners, importers / exporters, freight forwarders, logistics companies, ports, terminal operators, port equipment and services suppliers. Key reasons why you should participate:

The emerging economy of Vietnam plays host to a potentially multi-billion dollar maritime industry

The Vietnamese economy is forecast to grow by 25% per annum

The building and refurbishment of Vietnamese ports

Enormous potential as Vietnam moves to develop its maritime industry – a key economic catalyst in the Vietnamese economy

Plans to develop the maritime industry to serve the vast utilisation of port facilities by interlocked- land countries - Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar as well as Southern China and the West-East

700kms of canals and infrastructure to deep water locations.

We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.


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