“The government must give the logistics sector the status of industry. The government of Uttar Pradesh has already given it away. If we get the status of industry, it will provide many benefits such as in the area of land conversion, building of warehouses and property taxes among others. The other area is infrastructure development, ”said G Sambasiva Rao, MD, Sravan Shipping Services Pvt Ltd, during the session on“ Ports, Shipping and Logistics: Navigating Choppy Waters in the Covid Era ”in as part of “Restarting TOI Andhra Pradesh: Making AP Conclave Future Positive, supported by RINL, in association with Visakhapatnam Special Economic Zone, Eastern Power Distribution Company of Andhra Pradesh, Coastal Local Area Bank and TNR Talent High School.
Krishna GV Giri, executive vice chairman of the AP Economic Development Board (APEDB), spoke about port-led industrialization. “If you take the GVA (gross added value), it’s Rs 37,000 per capita for the whole country, Rs 33,000 for AP, while for Gujarat, it’s Rs 1,11,000 per capita because they have fantastic ports which have led to the growth of the businesses and industries that surround it. We are not only planning the ports, but we are also looking at the industrial zones around them, ”he said.
While building infrastructure takes time, in the short term, adopting digital technologies can help these sectors. Saurabh Kumar, CEO of GMR Cargo and member of the National Board of Directors of Air Cargo Forum India (AFCI), said the adoption of the technology will give these sectors visibility and also ensure economies of scale. Shivaprasad Raja, director of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), also estimated that more companies are willing to increase their tech platform spending due to the pandemic.
Anil Narayanan, deputy general manager of Visakha Container Terminal Pvt Ltd, said that after the recent increase in geopolitical tensions between India and China, Chinese authorities have carried out a careful examination of the clearance of Indian goods.