Executive Workshop on Global Trade, Macroeconomic Policy and the Impact on Regional Trade and Shipping, 20-21 Feb 2017, Singapore
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Executive Workshop on Global Trade, Macroeconomic Policy and the Impact on Regional Trade and Shipping, 20-21 Feb 2017, Singapore

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Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay

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Exclusively by Global Ports Forum - Executive Workshop on Global Trade, Macroeconomic Policy and the Impact on Regional Trade and Shipping, 20-21 Feb 2017, Singapore


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


Students 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

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.


On or Before 20 January 2017: The ‘Early Bird’ Rate is S$2895 – Save S$400!

Special Offer! – 3 Delegates For The Price of 2 in This Category! Save S$2895!

• From 21 January 2017: The Regular Rate is S$3295

Special Offer! – 3 Delegates For The Price of 2 in This Category! Save S$3295!

Note: All fees stated include luncheons, refreshments and complete set of documentation. It does not include the cost of accommodation and travel.


To register, please submit the following details to thomasng@globalportsforum.com:








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Billing information:

For cheque payments: To be made payable to 'Global Ports Forum Pte. Ltd.' Please do not send post-dated cheque.

For telegraphic transfers:

Account Name: Global Ports Forum Pte. Ltd.,

Account No. : 695 477 141 001.

Beneficiary Bank: Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, Singapore. (Swift: OCBCSGSG),

Address : 65 Chulia Street #01-00, OCBC Centre, Singapore 049513.

Please supply confirmation via email of the TT from your bank. Transmitting bank charges must be paid by sender. Please quote both delegate and company name as reference.

Kindly note that as we are providing a special rate for ‘early bird’ sign up, we will need to receive your company payment by 21 January 2017 to enjoy the discount.

Details of GPF executive workshops/forums in the upcoming few months include:

1. 2ndExecutive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, 3-4 Nov 2016, Singapore


2. Executive Workshop on Excellence in Negotiating & Managing Contracts, 3-4 Nov 2016, Singapore


3. Executive Programme on Achieving Excellence in Winning Deals & Effective Sales Management - Proven Techniques & Insights for Ports & Terminals, 7 Nov to 11 Nov 2016, Singapore


4. 2nd Executive Workshop on Multi-Purpose Terminal Business & Operations, 10-11 Nov 2016 Singapore


5. Executive Workshop on Excel in Developing, Implementing & Managing Service Level Agreements, 14 & 15 November 2016, Singapore


6. 2nd Executive Workshop on Strategic Planning for Ports & Terminals, 14-15 Nov 16, Singapore


7. Executive Workshop on Reefer Container Logistics, 21-22 Nov 2016, Singapore


8. 2nd Executive Workshop on Advanced Shipping Business, 24-25 Nov 2016, Singapore


9. 2ndExecutive Workshop on Bulk Liquid Terminals, Commercial Considerations for Investment & Financing, 5-6 Dec 2016, Singapore


10. Executive Workshop on Excellence in Managing Tenancies / Leases - Landlord and Tenant Obligations in Business Tenancies, 15-16 Dec 2016, Singapore


11. Executive Workshop on Excellence in Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Contracts for Non-Legal Professionals - Practical Understanding of Legal and Common Commercial Clauses, 19- 20 Dec 16, Singapore


12. 2ndExecutive Workshop on Investment Strategies for Green / Brown Field Port Projects, 19-20 Dec 2016, Singapore


13. Executive Workshop on Excellence in Port Operations, 22-23 Dec 2016, Singapore


14. Executive Workshop on Multi Modal Logistics – Value Creation, USP identification & Market Positioning for Ports & Terminals, 29-30 Dec 2016, Singapore


15. 3rd Executive Workshop on Investment Strategies for Green / Brown Field Port Projects, 28-29 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


16. 3rd Executive Workshop on Ports Financing and Investing, 28-29 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


17. 3rd Executive Workshop on Multi-Purpose Terminal Business & Operations, 30-31 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


18. Executive Workshop on Multi Modal Logistics – Value Creation, USP identification & Market Positioning for Ports & Terminals, 30-31 Jan 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


19. 2ndExecutive Workshop on Use of Technology for Ports and Terminals, 30-31 Jan 2017


20. The2nd Global Ports Forum, 1-2 February 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


21. The Global Ports Forum Awards, 2 Feb 17, Dubai


Look forward to welcoming you at the executive workshops/forums.

Kind regards

Thomas Ng


The Global Ports Forum


10 Anson Road


International Plaza

Singapore 079903

Website: http://www.globalportsforum.com/

DID: +65 65197662

Fax: +65 6725 8438

Email: thomasng@globalportsforum.com

Terms & Conditions:

No delegate registration will be accepted without completing registration details and full payment.

Upon receipt of your registration details and full payment, further programme information will be emailed to you including your proforma invoice and, if required, a letter of invitation for entry visa application.

Delegates will not be admitted unless payment has been received in Full.

Flights, Airport Transfers and Accommodation are not included in your delegate registration fee.

Refund Policy - a reimbursement of the registration fee, minus administrative charges will only be made if the participant has notified Global Ports Forum Pte. Ltd. in writing that he/she is unable to attend the event no less than 30 days prior to the commencement of the event. No cancellation is allowed after that, but a replacement with another participant is allowed.

This programme is subject to change without notice, E&O.E.

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