Integrated Logistics is needed to drive Growth: R Karikal Valaven, IAS, Special Chief Secretary

Confederation of Indian Industry, Andhra Pradesh organized the third edition of Conference on Logistics focusing on theme Efficient and Resilient Supply Chain - Creating a Sustainable Logistics Sector through virtual mode.

Integrated Logistics is needed to drive Growth: R Karikal Valaven, IAS, Special Chief Secretary

Confederation of Indian Industry, Andhra Pradesh organized the third edition of Conference on Logistics focusing on theme Efficient and Resilient Supply Chain - Creating a Sustainable Logistics Sector through virtual mode.

Delivering the Inaugural Address Mr R Karikal Valaven, IAS, Special Chief Secretary, Department of Industries & Commerce, Government of Andhra Pradesh said that integrated logistics is the need of the hour to drive growth in logistics sector. 

In this connection state Government proposes to develop logistics parks at Anantapur and Visakhapatnam. He also mentioned that Andhra Pradesh is the only state in the country where three industrial corridors pass through, namely Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial corridor, Chennai-Bangalore industrial corridor and Bangalore-Hyderabad industrial corridors. 

The proposed node in these corridors would attract greater investments in to the state and several large-scale enterprises are showing interest to setup their base. 

Infact, he pointed out that sustainable logistics is essential for industrial growth and development. Government is also planning to promote marine economic zones to accelerate growth and development. 

He also said that all Airports in the state will have cargo facilities for exporting various goods and services. In this context he mentioned that Electronic Manufacturing cluster at Tirupati is creating adequate demand for Tirupati Airport. The proposed Fishing harbours in the state will also have jettys to reduce the logistics cost. 

The Government is keen to provide institutional framework to encourage logistics, he said.Mr K Rama Mohana Rao, IAS., Chairman, Visakhapatnam Port Trust said that Andhra Pradesh has the logistics advantage due to its strategic location. 

He felt that Visakhapatnam as region can emerge as distribution hub for the country. He was of the view that Bharatmala initiative enabled to create required infrastructure to promote Visakhapatnam as best destination for industry. 

Mr Suresh Kishnani,IRS., Chief Commissioner, Customs, Central Tax & Central Excise, Visakhapatnam Zone felt that logistics plays a vital role in achieve $5 trillion economy. The Customs department has adopted faceless assessment to ease the operations for industry during Covid-19. 

Lt Cdr Ravindranath Reddy, Dy. Chief Executive Officer, Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board said that Andhra Pradesh Maritime Board is responsible for developing and managing maritime economy in the state. The warehousing facilities need to be developed on international standards.

Mr Anil Narayanan, Convenor CII Andhra Pradesh Infrastructure & Logistics Panel & Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Visakha Container Terminal Private Ltd delivered the theme address at the virtual Conference.

Mr D Tirupathi Raju, Chairman, CII Andhra Pradesh & Executive Chairman, Vijay Nagar Biotech Pvt Ltd in his welcome address felt that Andhra Pradesh is embarking upon an infrastructure led development strategy to meet its objectives of inclusive development.

He was of the view that Port Led Development is envisaged for the State where integration between infrastructure and industry would help to accelerate industrial growth.

Mr Neeraj Sarda, Vice Chairman, CII Andhra Pradesh & Deputy Managing Director, Sarda Metals & Alloys Ltd delivered concluding remarks at Inaugural Session of the Conference.