VPA ANNUAL MEETING 2022 - VIETNAM SEAPORTS ASSOCIATION
The VPA Annual Meeting 2022 - Vietnam Seaports Association, hosted by Saigon Newport Corporation from September 21st - 23rd at Furama Resort Da Nang, has taken place successfully. Nearly 500 delegates attended the event from 79 member ports. The conference associated the members - strengthened solidarity, enhanced dialogue and exchange of experiences through the Association's activities, towards the common goal of raising and sustainably developing the Vietnam maritime and seaports activities.
According to the report of VPA at the conference, Vietnam's economy after the epidemic is trying to maintain a high growth rate in the context of many difficulties and uncertainties on a global scale. Maritime trade, in particular, has not developed stably due to changes in goods sources, prices, global and regional supply chains. Cargo and containers through seaports in 2021, which is a year of total isolation to fight the epidemic, decreased by nearly 1% compared to the previous year, but container volume increased by about 8%. In the first 6 months of 2022, container volume through the port no longer grows as fast as before the epidemic. For the whole year of 2022, it is expected that the throughput of goods through the port will increase by 6-8% compared to 2021, significantly slower than the previous growth rate.
The volume through Vietnam's seaport groups is as follows: port group No. 4 is 60% (of which HCMC area accounts for 37%, Cai Mep Thi Vai deep-water port area 23%), followed by port group No. 1 in Hai Phong 27%, group 2 and 3 in the Central region 12%; group 5 in the Mekong Delta has only 1%.
The overall planning and development of Vietnam's seaport system in the period of 2021-2030, with a vision to 2050 according to the new provisions of the Planning Law, increasing the planning time frame, increasing the synchronization and role of the locals in the planning details and implementation. In the medium term to 2030, investment in port infrastructure is expected to be around US$13 billion to achieve the goal of increasing the through – port capacity for container cargo to 30-40 million TEUs/year. It can be said that this plan has many innovations towards the breakthrough scale of seaport infrastructure development to execute the development goals of the XIII Congress. Regarding funding for implementation, more than 90% must mobilize to the capital for socialization. The Association will continue to cooperate with the Port members to materialize this goal.
Difficulties in the recovery period after the COVID-19 pandemic have posed many challenges for the Vietnamese economy. The VPA Annual Meeting is a forum of opportunities and challenges: an opportunity for members to understand, share experiences, and propose solutions to overcome existing limitations in seaport operations; strengthening connection and investment cooperation, promoting the development of the maritime industry and port exploitation market towards sustainability, solidarity, transparency, and healthy competition.
With the theme "Accompanying for sustainable development, Solidarity for mutual success", the VPA Annual Meeting has set out some crucial operating directions of its members in the upcoming time, especially in the field of port development towards application of modern technology and greening, enhancing international integration. Traditionally, about social charity work, the Conference supports constructing houses for poor households in Da Nang, children in SOS village and loving shelters in Da Nang city by offering 170 million VND.
Saigon Newport Corporation, took the role of both the companion unit and the organizer of "VPA 2022 Annual Meeting", has hosted and actively participated in activities during the Conference, contributing to the success of the event. VPA will continue its mission as a forum that enhances solidarity and connectivity between members. It will also advise, direct and unites for the common goal of developing a sustainable marine economic ecosystem. This will help Vietnam successfully implement its marine economic strategy to 2030, with a vision to 2050