中国国际贸易促进委员会展览部副部长赵振格主持了开幕式，中国交通运输协会会长钱永昌、美国运输与物流协会执行董事Laurie Denham分别代表中美主办方致辞。中国国家外国专家局副局长李兵、美国驻上海总领事Beatrice Camp作为特邀嘉宾分别为会议致辞。上海市虹口区人民政府区长俞北华为会议致欢迎词。
在美国联邦商务部的支持和支助下，美国运输与物流协会与美国商务部供应链和分销办公室主任Bruce Harsh、美国商务部国际贸易专家John Miller在会议上联合宣布并推出了新的认证项目——美国国际物流管理认证（GLM – Global Logistics Management certification），并且与英格索兰、BNSF铁路、德尔福汽车、世能达物流、潘世奇物流确立了合伴关系，这些全球五百强企业将为认证提供最优方案和专家支持，考取GLM的学员将被这些公司优先录用。为了缓和物流技能型人才匮乏的现状，美国运输与物流协会将引入美国劳动部物流技术员和助理技术员项目，第一个在中国的试点项目将与上海南湖职业学校和大田集团在上海展开，会上三方签订了合作协议。
09 Sino-American Logistics Conference was successfully held in Shanghai North Bund on September 10th to 11th .It was jointly organized by the American Society of Transportation and Logistics (ASTL), China Communications and Transportation Association (CCTA), China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT), China International Talent Exchange Foundation (CITEF), and Shanghai Hongkou District Government, supported by US Department of Commerce, US Department of Transportation, US Consulate Shanghai, US-China Business Council and International Road Union.
Nearly 300 representatives from relevant government departments, logistics companies, research institutions, associations and logistics media from China including ten United States federal government officials attended the event to hear experts discussed pertinent issues concerning the Sino-American logistics industry.
2009 Sino-American Logistics Conference came to a wonderful conclusion fulfilling its theme of strengthening the US-China supply chain and working in partnership towards recovery.
Qian Yongchang, Chairman of CCTA and Laurie Denham, Executive Director, ASTL representing the organizers from China and United States thanked the guests and summarized logistics industry development of China, trade relationship between with two countries and the conference’s significance. As honored guests, Li Bing, Deputy General Director of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, P.R. China and Beatrice Camp, U.S. Consul General gave addresses for the conference. Yu Beihua, District Mayor of Shanghai HongKou District government made welcome remarks and introduced government policy and important status of Shanghai in transportation and logistics of China.
Keynote remarks delivered by Joel Secundy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of US Department of Commerce, Wang Huimin, Bureau of Economic Operations Adjustment National Development and Reform Commission People’s Republic of China andWang Xiaochuan, Deputy Director General of Department of Commercial Service Administration, Ministry of Commerce. They expressed their opinions about how to strength industry cooperation between U.S. and China to recovery economic, government role in logistics progress and development of business logistics in China.
The two countries jointly established the Transportation Forum in 2008 to identify transportation needs and bottlenecks to enable a free flow of trade between the U.S. and China. Li Gang, Director General of Department of Road Transportation of Ministry of Transport and Nicole Porter, US Department of Transportation, Senior International Transportation Specialist within the Office of the Secretary presented an update of the program and discussed ongoing projects and benefits deeply.
Zhao Zhenge CCPIT Deputy Director- General of Exhibition Department, Liu Sheng, Deputy General Director of China International Talent Exchange Foundation (CITEF), Suo Husheng, Secretary General, China Communications and Transportation Association were the masters of ceremony for the morning sessions.
There are eighteen other sessions for the remainder of the conference including a presentation by Li Wenhui, Director-General of Shanghai Municipal Transport and Port Authority discussed building of Shanghai global shipping center and policy to contribute to the progress of it. Preferential policies for developing Shanghai North Bund shipping services cluster was explained by Lu Qingdong, Director of Shanghai North Bund Shipping Service Cluster Office. Both of Ye Weilong of Managing Director COSCO Logistics and Martin Winchell of Managing Director, Schneider Logistics gave expert opinions on the logistics industry. Under global economic crisis environment, Chinese private enterprises face the challenge; Xu Weizong from Yuan Cheng Group lectured named “Opportunities and Challenges for Chinese private enterprises under the current economic environment”. Representatives from McKinsey & Company, GE, Accenture, Sinotrans, YRC Logistics, APL Logistics, TRW and BNSF Railway and other famous global companies gave case introductions and analysis in latest development, managing through the crisis, green logistics, lean logistics, and intermodal transportation. Besides, there are Shanghai Logistics and Expo 2010 Sessions in the conference which discuss in Food Safety & Cold Chain logistics, Dangerous goods transportation and traffic restrictions during in Expo.
Supported by US Department of Commerce, ASTL’s new Global Logistics Management Certification – Industry Partnership to develop logistics professionals was launched by Bruce Harsh, Director Distribution and Supply Chain Team, and John Miller, International Trade Specialist for U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. Meanwhile, ASTL formed partnerships with Ingersoll Rand, BNSF railway, Delphi, Penske Logistics and Schneider Logistics. In the conference, a new Certified Logistics Technician – Vocational Training program agreement was signed by ASTL, Nanhu Vocational School and DTW Logistics.
It is the 30th anniversary of resumption of Sino-US maritime trade in this year. 2009 Sino-American Logistics Conference Gala dinner was held especially for commemorating the development of Sino-US trade and transportation relations and the unremitting efforts for 30 years, many famous people joined in the dinner.