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From Cardiff to Bangkok

27 February 2018

Professor Anthony Beresford delivering keynote lecture in Thailand

An expert in International Transport Operations from Cardiff Business School has delivered a keynote lecture at the 9th International Conference on Logistics and Transport (ICLT) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Professor Anthony Beresford, who travels widely in an advisory capacity within the ports and transport fields of Europe, Asia and North America, joined the Thai Minister for Transport as one of two keynote speakers in the South East Asian metropolis.

Drawing on his portfolio of research and consultancy work, Professor Beresford focused on the trends in International Transport and Shipping in a lecture that engaged an audience of students, academics, industry personnel and policy-makers.

Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith’s presentation on the challenges and opportunities facing Thailand’s transportation system followed.

Four men standing in a line
L-R: Dr Ruth Banomyong, Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Professor Anthony Beresford and Dr Richard Oloruntoba

The conference was an opportunity to showcase key areas of focus for both academics and policy-makers in the Greater Mekong Subregion in the field of transport. These include:

  • the development of hub and spoke networks in both passenger and freight sectors;
  • the over-reliance on road haulage for inland distribution;
  • the promotion of waterway transport and short-sea shipping.

“Both high costs and inefficiencies in Thailand’s transportation systems are widely observed, and enhanced intra-regional co-operation is seen as one of the mechanisms for improving the international trade environment.”

Professor Anthony Beresford

“I look forward to hearing of the progress they are sure to make in this area.”

In completion of his trip, Professor Beresford met with Dr Ruth Banomyong, a former Cardiff Business School PhD student, to agree an extension to the Cardiff University-Thammasat University memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The MoU sees outstanding undergraduates from the Thai institution pursue postgraduate study at Cardiff University.

The ICLT was held from 1 to 3 November 2017 and organised by the Centre for Logistics Research at Thammasat Business School and Centre in Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Chiang Mai University.

The annual event brings together researchers and policy-makers in the fields of transport, logistics, supply chain and value chain management.