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Conducted by Mekong Institute in Thailand: SL representative at Green Freight training program

Founder of Mekong Institute Prof. Vanchai Vatanssapt with Deputy Chief Manager, Communication and Public Relation, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Chitral Jayawarna.
Founder of Mekong Institute Prof. Vanchai Vatanssapt with Deputy Chief Manager, Communication and Public Relation, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Chitral Jayawarna.

Mekong Institute (MI) in Thailand conducted an international training program on Green Freight and Logistics Development recently.

The two-week program was held at the MI Residential Training Centre and included a structured learning visit in Bangkok.

The training program, was aimed at promoting awareness of the importance of sustainable practices in the transport and logistics industry, brought together 19 participants from various countries spanning three continents: Burundi, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Jordan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Panama, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia and Zambia.

Most of the participants were from government agencies. Sri Lanka was represented by Deputy Chief Manager, Communication and Public Relations, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Chitral Jayawarna.

MI Executive Director Dr. Watcharas Leelawath said, “With capacity building, we want to also push forward for policy change. We have to make the real change by linking with the policymaker so they are informed of good policy and strategy options.

As you come from the government sector, and then you are one of the instruments to make this change happen.”

He added that the training serves as an excellent opportunity to likewise learn the good practices of the private sector. He explained that the private sector is the growth engine of the economy and if the logistics industry grows, then business and employment will also prosper.

“There are multiple benefits from the change in the policy.” Director of the Trade Investment and Facilitation (TIF) Department, Madhurjya Kumar Dutta stressed on the importance of ‘green’, which remained at the core of the training program.

He said that with globalization and the increase in cross-country investments, there is also a heightened demand in transport and logistics.

Such demand, he said, constitutes about 40-60 percent of the freight in the road transport sector.

“This is also one of the major contributors in the carbon emissions…

Transport and logistics is a crucial issue then, and in fact it features in at least 11 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” Dutta said.

MI and international and regional experts from the Greater Mekong Sub-region provided their technical expertise on six modules including (1) introduction to green logistics; (2) green freight certification process; (3) preparing companies for green logistics; (4) policy and consumer awareness; (5) e-logistics in supply chain management; and (6) the role of the government in promoting green logistics.

 

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