Day One, 1 July 2013
In conjunction with its 50th anniversary, PKA organised a logistics event titled 'Asia - Engine for Growth'. After arrival of the VIPs, proceedings commenced with the presentation of a new corporate video. First on the stage was Y Bhg Dato' Dr K.P Teh, Chairman of PKA who gave a welcome speech.
The first keynote address was given by Y Bhg Dato' Abdul Samad bin Mohamed, Group Managing Director, NCB Holdings Bhd. This address focused largely on the process of privatisation of Port Klang which was a large part of corporate activity overseen by PKA.
This was followed by a second keynote address by Y Bhg Tan Sri G Gnanalingam, Executive Chairman, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd. An interesting fact shared by the learned Tan Sri is that Port Klang handles about 10 million TEUs, which is more than either India or Indonesia. e also added that Port Klang also handles almost 25 percent of the containers in South East Asia.
The Hon. Deputy Minister of Transport, YB. Datuk Ab. Aziz bin Kaprawi then launched the conference and exhibition after giving the official address. Part of this procedure also included the official launch of Port Klang's History Book, put together by Prof John Doraisamy (Universiti Malaya). After the exchange of mementos, the VIPs proceeded to Delima Room for the press conference.
Over the next two days, the following speakers were scheduled to speak at this event and also participate in forum discussions:
Mr Kenneth Chou, General Manager Commercial Development, Hutchison Port Holdings
Mr Francois Lasbleiz, Senior Manager of Industrial and Logistics Projects, Port of Marseille, France
Mr Bojan Brank, President of the Management Board, Port Koper, Slovenia
Mr Steven C.M. Wong, Senior Director, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS)
Dr Mohamed Amin bin Mohd Kassim, Deputy Manager, Century Logistics Holdings Bhd
Prof Dr Leong Choon Heng, Chairman, Malaysia University of Science and Technology (MUST)
Tn Hj Abu Sofian bin Abdul Hamid, Chief Executive Officer, Northport (M) Bhd
Mr Vijaya Kumar, Head of Marketing, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Mr Nazery Khalid, Senior Fellow, Maritime Institute of Malaysia
Captain David Padman, General Manager, PKA
Mr Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, Chief Executive Officer, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Helping to keep things in order and running on time were the following forum chair persons:
Capt K Subramaniam, Asst General Manager, Operations and Regulatory, PKA
Y Bhg Dato' Captain Hj Badrulhisham Rahim bin Hj Abd Aziz, Chief Executive Officer, Pengerang Marine, Dialog Group Bhd
Including yours truly, ... ... ... The author of this blog.