Today Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo launched the Antwerp Port Days in the Port of Mumbai. During his keynote speech he emphasized the importance of international trade and collaboration. Earlier today he visited the new training centre, a joint initiative between the Port of Antwerp and the Port of Mumbai.


During his speech Minister De Croo emphasized the importance of trade and international collaboration. “People all across the world are concerned. They wish for peace, not war and conflict. They want progress, not economic recession. We need to build international collaboration and trade, rather than turning our backs on one other. What better way to do this than by strengthening the bond between our international ports and their industries? Ports are a link with the rest of the world. They have always been, and indeed will always be, a source of prosperity and development.”




Knowledge transfer using a regional training centre

Earlier in the day Minister De Croo visited the new training centre set up jointly by the Port of Antwerp and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), Mumbai’s local port authority. Ever since 2015 the JNPT/Antwerp Port Training Centre have been organising seminars on the subject of port management. In addition to the most important aspects of port activity, they also focus on reinforcing business development and marketing skills. Eight training courses have already been organised since it began two years ago. Seven courses are planned this year. This week the first seminar of 2017 will kick off in a fully renovated training centre.


Alexander De Croo: “A focus on local economic growth is one of the priorities of the Belgian development policy. Strengthening people’s and society’s economic resilience is a crucial part of our development programme. APEC’s approach is aligned with this vision. By transferring knowledge, APEC allows other ports to boost their port activity and reinforce their local economy. In doing so they allow more people to benefit from economic progress.”



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