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Solomon Ports have completed their first ever participation in the 2022 Ports Australia Biennial Conference in Brisbane today, hosted by the Port of Brisbane.

Solomon Ports became a full member of Ports Australia in 2019, during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The three-day event commenced on Tuesday this week with a visit to the Port of Brisbane , continued yesterday on Wednesday with presentations from numerous high profile, Australian and International speakers ,including the Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development of Australia, the Hon. Catherine King MP, together with the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Gina Cass-Gottlieb, Commissioner Dr. Stephen King Productivity Commission together with Dr. Patrick Verhoeven Managing Director of the International Association of Ports and Harbours.

The Ports Australia Biennial conference is held once every two years. The event is the premium national maritime event and brings together leaders from across the Ports, maritime services, business and political spectrum.

The theme of this year’s event was ‘Risk and Resilience’, which was aimed at exploring the industry’s challenges, potential and successes.

Solomon Ports was represented by members of the Board, and Executive management representatives, where they had extensive and robust dialogue with representatives from major Ports around Australia, and service providers in the Ports and Maritime transportation sector in Australia.

Speaking during the conference, Chief Executive Officer Mr.Eranda Kotelawala said the conference was a step forward in SIPA’s connectivity with regional Ports and learning from major ports in Australia on how to make SIPA more efficient.

He said SIPA has a lot to learn from Ports Australia especially in the areas of future sustainability and the future for the ports sector in the region.

“SIPA has to learn from these major Ports in Australia, and how we can make it better, which is one of the main objectives of our participation is to network, learn and get to know our regional stakeholders, and fostering regional collaboration as well,” he said.

“It is also to give exposure to our team, on how we can better manage our challenges and improve our services to the country.”

Meanwhile, Ports Australia CEO Mr. Mike Gallagher also acknowledged the participation of Ports Australia’s regional members, which the PNG Ports Corporation Limited and Fiji Ports were also participated in the conference.

He said Ports Australia is looking forward to working with its regional members and improving the regional ports sector.



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