Discover the twelve IAPH priorities for 2022-2023

At the IAPH Annual General Meeting held after the 2022 World Ports Conference, members were presented with an overview of our work programme for the coming year. The programme consists of twelve priorities, grouped according to the three strategic focus areas of the organisation. It builds on the #ClosetheGaps theme of the Vancouver conference, the follow-up of which shapes our first priority, which consists of a joint report and IAPH’s contribution to the next edition of The World Bank’s Port Reform Toolkit. Under the climate and energy stream, we will work on just and equitable energy transition, both in terms of policy and capacity building, in close partnership with the IMO. The development of the Green Shipping Corridor concept is closely related to this, as is our suite of hands-on tools for ports, including the products of our Clean Marine Fuels working group and the 2.0 concept of the Environmental Ship Index. With regulatory pressure increasing, the acceleration of onshore power supply completes the list of priorities under the first stream. Under the data collaboration theme, the recent IMO decision to make the Maritime Single Window concept mandatory from 2024 tops the list of priorities, followed by the production of a strategic digital port infrastructure roadmap, based on perspectives and data needs of cargo owners. In 2023 we expect the guidelines on port-customs cooperation to materialise that we are preparing with the World Customs Organization and we also expect our Innovation Group to have progressed well with its start-ups showrooms and innovation white papers. Priorities under the risk and resilience stream include the publication of our port business continuity guidelines and the World Ports Tracker, which is explained elsewhere in this Insider. Each stream of the work programme is covered by one of our strategic technical committees and we warmly encourage you to take part in their work. You will find the detailed presentation of our work programme here.