Workshop on Strengthening the Institutional Framework for the development of Dry Ports in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Viet Nam and Thailand

25 Jun 2019
Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

Transport infrastructure connectivity, including cross-border connectivity, seaports-to-dry ports connectivity and connectivity of intermodal facilities, are increasingly recognized by ESCAP member States as being fundamental towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. Looking at the development of efficient intermodal transport in particular, the complexity of modern supply chains along with the multiplicity of actors with different interests make all the more essential the provision of effective, reliable and well-coordinated institutional arrangements with the task of governing related issues across ministries, transport modes operators, logistics providers, and other stakeholders such as chambers of commerce.

In this context, ESCAP has implemented a project entitled “Strengthening the Institutional Framework for the Development of Dry Ports in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vietnam and Thailand”, with a view to compiling, studying and analyzing the institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks for the development of dry ports of international importance in the project participating countries. In so doing, the project yielded important findings with respect to key strategic aspects, policy planning, institutional and organizational aspects, as well as legal and regulatory aspects and developed recommendations on core institutional elements that would have the potential to successfully guide the coordinated development of dry ports in these countries.

Public and private sector representatives from Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, the Republic of Korea, Vietnam and Thailand attended the above-captioned workshop, organized by ESCAP in Bangkok on 25 June 2019, and discussed the findings and recommendations of the project, as captured in a study report entitled “Institutional determinants for Dry Port Development and Logistics Performance in Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Vietnam and Thailand”. On the basis of the comments provided at the workshop, the secretariat will finalize and publish the study report in due course.