Worldbank - Sustainable Logistics in developing market
On Wednesday 5 to Thursday 6 February 2014, the first annual conference on Sustainable Logistics in developing market took place in The Hague and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Over 100 delegates explored innovative ideas that deliver practical solutions, methodologies and approaches in Sustainable Logistics. These will assist global advisors, agencies and donors, governments, and private sector logistics firms to put in motion a process for strengthening key supply chains in developing countries in a sustainable fashion.
Logistics is now recognized as a key driver of competitiveness and economic development. At the same time, policy making has turned its attention to sustainable growth paths, valuing scarce resources, minimizing environmental impacts and allowing economies to prosper across generations. In this new holistic vision of development, Sustainable Logistics is a key nexus point.
To bring Sustainable Logistics practices to the developing world, private sector technologies and know-how, governmental policies, regulations and convening power, and academic innovation will need to be brought together. Under the auspices of the Multi Donor Trust Fund for Sustainable Logistics (MDTF-SL), The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure & the Environment and the World Bank's Global Expert Team on Trade Facilitation & Logistics hosted the first annual Conference on Sustainable Logistics, organized by Dinalog.
The plenary conference programme on Wednesday 5 February was kindly hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague. The conference covered sustainable logistics, focusing on the themes of green logistics, agrologistics and urban logistics:
• Green Supply Chains: How to develop transport corridors and logistics services that minimize the environmental footprint and greenhouse gases of delivered goods, allowing for sustainably building trade patterns and product value chains.
• Agro-logistics: How to improve food security though reduction of food losses during transit, bolstering both global food availability and income for farmers.
• Urban Logistics and Port-city Development: How to reduce congestion and pollution through focus on the efficient distribution of goods in municipal areas.
On Thursday 6 February, a delegation visited the City of Rotterdam, European Container Terminals and the Port of Rotterdam with discussion on sustainability and port-cities. The day focused on the planning tools required for port-cities to address sustainability issues prototypical of densely populated economies also serving as transport hubs.