PortEconomics co-directors Thanos Pallis and Theo Notteboom were invited by the OECD to shape the OECD Conference on Port-Cities that take place in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. PortEconomics reports, on the key themes of their presentations.
Theo’s keynote speech on “Economic challenges to port-city relations” was delivered in a session where Theo shared the platform with Bill Johnson, Port director Miami; Hervé Martel, CEO, Port of Le Havre; Cathy Berx, Governor Province of Antwerp; Ron van het Hof, CEO Euler Hermes World Agency; and Arjen van Klink, Rabobank Rotterdam.
In his intervention Theo emphasised the following key themes,
- The trends and the challenges related with them. These themes were:
- The evolving linkages between city and port
- The role of ports and port cities as habitat for industrial and semi-industrial activities
- The presence of Maritime Advanced Producer Services
You might download Theo’s presentation @ PortEconomics
Theo is also the co-author (with Olaf Merk) of the case-study: The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities: the Case of Rotterdam/ Amsterdam, Netherlands
The aim of this conference was to provide policy-makers with international best practices on port-city development. A series of renowned experts and stakeholders will discuss main challenges and the changing global context facing port-cities, including on economic transitions, connectivity, spatial development and labour markets. The conference was hosted by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and the City of Rotterdam.
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its synthesis publication on port-cities. This publication is based on a series of case studies conducted in various port-cities around the world: More about the program.
Read more the invertion by Thanos Pallis at the OECD Conference: Lessons learned and the way forward