#CloseTheGaps theme shapes the IAPH agenda

In follow-up to the 2022 World Ports Conference, IAPH will produce a report with The World Bank on the entire #CloseTheGaps exercise with a summary of the findings of eight regional pre-conference workshops, six dedicated breakfast regional sessions plus learnings from the main sessions that took place during the conference.  We will also contribute to the next edition of The World Bank’s well-known Port Reform Toolkit based on the mutual experience and knowledge gained on the #CloseTheGaps exercise. In addition, we will continue work with World Bank colleagues on the digitalisation roadmap for those countries that have requested assistance and will be one of the supporting organisations in the Bank’s programme for equitable maritime energy transition where the latter has identified a number of promising potential sites for green fuels production and bunkering deployment. These plans were shared with attendees by IAPH managing director Patrick Verhoeven and World Bank lead transport specialist Martin Humphreys at the closing panel session of the World Ports Conference last week. You can view that session in the video below or through the link here. We will build on the findings of this year’s conference to shape an agenda that will help port authorities and port operators worldwide to improve their competitiveness and contribute to bridging the divide in terms of resilience, digital transformation and energy transition. These are the three generational challenges that every port in the world is faced with. The IAPH work programme for the coming year makes this agenda concrete with twelve priorities that are implemented through our technical Committees. These were presented to IAPH members during the annual general meeting that followed the conference, and they can be consulted here The World Ports Conference will serve as the annual ‘state of the union’ where we discuss progress with the implementation of our agenda to support the competitiveness of ports worldwide.