GPF Exe Wkshp on Global Trade, Macroeconomic Policy, 14-15 Aug 23, SPR

Mon Aug 14 2023 at 09:00 am to Tue Aug 15 2023 at 05:00 pm

M Hotel Singapore | Singapore

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GPF Exe Wkshp on Global Trade, Macroeconomic Policy, 14-15 Aug 23, SPR
Exclusively by Global Ports Forum - Executive Workshop on Global Trade, Macroeconomic Policy and the Impact on Regional Trade and Shipping,
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Exclusively by Global Ports Forum - Executive Workshop on Global Trade, Macroeconomic Policy and the Impact on Regional Trade and Shipping, 14-15 Aug 2023, Singapore

 Dear industry colleagues


Why countries trade?

  • Theoretical basis for trade and the gains from trade
  • Contemporary updates to traditional international trade theory
  • Trade barriers and protectionism
  • The international monetary system, exchange rates, and role of the U.S. Dollar

The continuing global financial crisis, sovereign debt problem,

  • The global financial crisis, beginnings and still no end in sight
  • The housing crisis in the U.S. sparked the crisis
  • The European banking crisis, the Euro and Greece
  • Sovereign debt problem, the crisis of the coming 10 years
  • Brexit- what does it mean for the global economy


China and the world trading system

  • The currency issue
  • Economic performance, national vs. provincial
  • China’s economic impact on the world
  • China and world trade
  • China and U.S. trade relations 

The global economy- macroeconomic perspectives

  • Economic drivers
  • World outlook
  • Economic impact on trade
  • G7 and Asia focus on trade

The global shipping industry

  • The major container ports
  • The evolution of the container ship fleet
  • The carriers and Alliances
  • Cost of shipping
  • The financial state of the industry


Participants will gain an understanding of the global trading system, global macroeconomic policy and financial issues, and the ocean shipping industry that carries most of the trade in goods. Students will also gain an appreciation of the major economic and institutional factors that drive the global flow of goods, services, and capital in the post-financial crisis environment. They should be better able to understand the various economic and political pressures that impact the maritime industry.  Typical questions that will be answered are:


  • Why have so many large multilateral, regional and bilateral trade liberalizing agreements been established since WWII, especially in recent decades?
  • Why has China had such an impact on the world trading system and how might this evolve?
  • How do free trade agreements work and how do they impact trade, ocean shipping, and the economy overall?
  • What caused the Credit Crisis of 2008, the ensuing recession, and the continuing economic slowdown
  • What roles can trade policy and macroeconomic policy play in restoring growth?
  • What are the prospects for growth in coming years and what does this mean for freight transport?
  • How do maritime costs impact international trade?
  • What are implications of the current global economy for the supply side of international trade in terms of ships and capacity?
  • What are the major issues facing the global shipping industry and how are they being resolved?


Who should attend


Port Authorities; Port / Terminal developers, Port operators; Banks, PE, Port Service providers; Shipping Companies, Forwarders, Logistics companies, Intermodal Service providers; Port Equipment Suppliers; Port Designers / Planners; Port Consultants


About the Course Director (subject to final confirmation)

Ben Hackett brings over 40 years’ experience in liner shipping, ports, international economics, trade and transportation planning as well as in-depth knowledge of the industry.  Mr. Hackett founded Hackett Associates, LLC which produces three monthly newsletters with a wide circulation.

Ben has worked on port and terminal related projects with a number of U.S. west coast ports, including Los Angeles and Long Beach, as well as with clients in Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Singapore mostly related to port and economic development issues.

He has worked extensively with port authorities, terminal operators, railroads and shipping lines.  Ben has advised the Competition Commission Singapore and the European Commission Directorate General for Competition and regulation for container shipping – specifically whether conferences, alliances / co-operation should be permitted.  He is currently working on a project with APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Community) on the Promotion of Regional Economic Integration by Developing APEC Gateway Port Connectivity.

Ben Hackett has also assisted in the development of throughput models for all the major container ports in the U.S. and Canada and is considered the benchmark firm for port level forecasts.  The models are based on robust econometrics that have proven to be highly accurate.  He has also actively worked with the largest shipping lines helping to assess long term plans.

Ben Hackett has experience in the maritime and transportation industry ranging from business development, economic analysis, marketing and management.   Mr. Hackett is active in the fields of strategic planning, policy assessment, marketing, port infrastructure, logistics issues and economic development studies, including carrying out economic impact assessments to provide investors with the ability to negotiate terms with national and local entities. 


Thomas Ng

Thomas Ng has over 28 years of consulting experience in the ports and shipping industry. Thomas is known for developing innovative solutions for players within the ports & shipping industry,   — in areas of investments advisory, port strategy, development, marketing, planning & redesign, customer services and port operations; and delivering superior results.

He is the Executive Chairman of The Global Ports Forum (GPF) since 2008. The Global Ports Forum is a platform where all ports stakeholders in the ecosystem- port customers, port authorities, port operators, port people, port suppliers & service providers are gathered together to discuss about issues furthering the interests of ports globally.

Thomas is well-respected in the ports & shipping circles — recognized for his in-depth industry knowledge and far-reaching personal industry network and linkages. Some of his recent port investments advisory work include ports in the Middle East, Africa, Southern Europe, South East Asia, Latin America, etc.

Given Thomas’ far-reaching personal port industry network and linkages, Thomas is often seek out by port investors and port privatisation candidates all over the world for collaborative partnership.

Thomas is invited regularly as speaker & facilitator for Ports conferences, roundtable and executive programs and workshops. He is the senior port & terminal training expert for the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Singapore Cooperation Programme (SCP) for foreign ports officials for over 10 years. Recent programmes conducted by Thomas include the 5 days executive program in “Port Development and Competitiveness”, Singapore on 12-16 Dec 2016 where Thomas was the key trainer for over 60% of the whole executive program. Some other early SCP programmes that Thomas taught over 20 senior foreign government transport officials included the 2 weeks Singapore MFA Executive Programme in Logistics & Distribution Management on 28 Aug – 10 Sep 2007 & again on 6 Oct – 17 Oct 2008. Thomas spoke recently at the Transport Intelligence Singapore 2013 Infrastructure panel, together with senior executives from the World Bank & UPS, the Container Depot Association Singapore Conference 2014 on ports and infrastructure, Tank Storage Asia Conference in 2015 and an exclusive Roundtable on Smart ports & ships and Internet of Things in Jun 2016.

On a professional level, Thomas founded the non-government voluntary organization — The Global Ports Council (GPC) in 2008.

As of today, over 192 C-level executives globally presents themselves as members of our council. Our prestigious list of Council members are as follows:

Thomas is also a veteran Chartered member (since 2001) of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport Singapore. He serves as a Board Member of the Singapore Branch of Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport for over 16 years.

15th GPF Anniversary Special. Pay for Two participants, another Two comes free. No other promotion applicable.


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