AAPA’s Conference Gathers Professionals at Port …

first_img My location AAPA, February 28, 2014 zoom The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) 2014 Maritime Economic Development Workshop, hosted by the Port of San Diego, drew nearly 80 economic development professionals from the port community and three of AAPA’s four geographic delegations (the United States, Canada and the Caribbean) to the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel on February 20 and 21, 2014.Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Bob Nelson welcomed the group, and was presented with a commemorative plaque for hosting the event by Kurt Nagle, AAPA President and CEO.Chairman Nelson said that the conference couldn’t have come at a better time. “Our nation is emerging from a prolonged economic slump. With growth in cargo ship calls and cruise passenger counts, the national port system is leading our economic recovery, now and going forward,” he said.From the workshop site, participants were able to watch Dole cargo operations at the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, and see the San Diego Convention Center, cruise terminals and waterfront hotels.“Today, seaports support 13 million U.S. jobs, which account for $650 billion in personal income. That means 13 million important reasons to support a vigorous national strategy for America’s system of Ports,” Nelson said. “Collectively, AAPA members face many common challenges such as the cost of maritime infrastructure. Yet each port has unique attributes and makes a unique contribution to our national economy. If we are to realize our full potential, America needs a national strategy to synergize our unique strengths, building on our diverse natures for the common good of global trade and the people of our nation.”The Port of San Diego’s waterfront business activity puts more than 57,000 people to work through direct, indirect and induced jobs; equaling $7.48 billion in annual economic impact.“Looking out at the Port of San Diego, you can see how this port is an economic case study on how ports can economically develop a region and grow jobs,” said Nagle.Attendees heard from panelists about how the Port of San Diego approaches economic development challenges by working with representative government agencies on policy reform, marine terminal improvements, and the development of intermodal transportation infrastructure.Official speakers included Congressman Scott Peters, U.S. House of Representatives, California District 52; Mark Kersey, City of San Diego Council Member, District 5; Gary Gallegos, Executive Director, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG); and Mark Cafferty, President & CEO, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.Speakers discussed port development, how to implement and fund transportation infrastructure projects to increase port capacities to handle a growing volume of goods, and the importance of increasing export cargoes to improve the U.S. economy.There were sessions about export development, what cargo shippers look for in a port-of-call, problem-solving on multiple case studies of big infrastructure developments, supply chain logistics optimization and measuring the effectiveness of port promotions and sponsorships. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定last_img read more

Europe not deluged by bogus asylumseekers new UN statistics show

Responding to what it described as “somewhat frenzied” political debate in a number of European countries concerning migrants, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today issued new statistics showing a sharp drop in the number of people seeking asylum on the continent. One of the released statistical charts presenting a 10-year overview of the number of applications in 30 industrialized countries contains some “striking” facts, according to a UNHCR spokesman. Rupert Colville told a press briefing in Geneva that the total number of asylum-seekers arriving in the European Union last year was a little over half of what it had been the decade before. At the same time, in many countries the numbers were “not very high – particularly if you compare them with developing countries that have hundreds of thousands, or even – in the case of Iran and Pakistan – millions of refugees.”Seven of the top 10 countries sending out asylum-seekers are conflict-wracked, according to UNHCR. Many of the migrants were “the product of the unresolved and festering situations in Afghanistan – at least until the end of last year – and Iraq,” Mr. Colville noted, adding, “It is also striking that four of the top six asylum-seeker producing countries are European countries.”Taken together, the statistics provided little support for the idea prevalent in several European countries “that they are being deluged by fraudulent asylum-seekers, [and] that – to quote the common mantra – ‘the vast majority are bogus,’” he said. While stressing that UNHCR did not believe that all Iraqis or all Afghans, for example, should receive refugee status, the spokesman said it was “patently, extremely unfair to label people from countries such as these as ‘bogus’ or ‘fraudulent.’” Mr. Colville voiced concern that the current European debate “is getting considerably overheated” and warned that if it produced rushed policy and law-making, this could have “very dangerous results for future refugees, either in terms of gaining access to Europe at all, or in getting a fair hearing and decent treatment once they are here.” read more