CII urges government to focus on creating logistics hub in Goa
India time | 2 days ago | 10-09-2022 | 04:44
Panaji: While admitting that the measures taken by the government to boost the logistics sector have yet to bear fruit, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) expects that to change once the Mopa airport will be operational. CII expects the new airport to not only give a major boost to the logistics sector, but also give a boost to exports. CII Goa Chairman Swati Salgaokar said the industry will continue to make policy recommendations and push the government to focus on logistics. sector. “Goa must consider logistics as an industry. The government has focused on logistics,” she said. state, but also to large parts of southern Maharashtra and northern Karnataka. Traffic volume will provide growth opportunities for transportation, warehousing, freight forwarding, express freight delivery, container services and forwarding services,” said Anthony Gaskell, Head of Logistics of the CII. “However, significant deficiencies remain in transportation, storage infrastructure, rate of technology adoption, and skills of logistics professionals.” In order to bring all stakeholders together on a common platform, CII intends to hold a conference on September 14, where government and industry representatives will meet to discuss the way forward. “The conference will be a catalyst and a platform for discussion. We hope to have a good dialogue,” Salgaokar said. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant as well as representatives from the aviation industry and Indian Railways are expected to attend the event. Gaskell said international flights are expected to start from the next Mopa airport in the first quarter of 2023. He said Goa needed to address the lack of cold chain infrastructure, shore facilities at Mormugao Port and lack of warehouses in Goa.