Dept. of Business Administration, Soochow University (SUBA)

International Conference on
Global Integration of Economies and Connectivity Development
in collaboration with Asian Logistics Round Table
August 31-September 1, 2015 | Soochow University | Taipei, Taiwan

    In the growing globalized economy in tandem with free trade agreements (FTA) and regional economic blocks such as ASEAN, ASEAN+3, ASEAN+6, ASEM, AANZFTA, RCEP, and TPP (on the these full names, see note below), both “maritime logistics and port connectivity” play an important role to promote regional economic development. These developments not only lead to structural change in trade flows and relocation of production lines among the member countries, and influence logistics industry and sea and air transport systems, but also are closely associated with the efficiency and quality of shipping and port activities. In addition, to enhance sustainability and resilience capability in shipping and port operations and maritime logistics, it is highly desirable to adopt green transport operations and design integrated transportation system with the aim to reduce negative externalities and improve operating efficiency. In light of connectivity development under ASEAN policy, short sea shipping (SSS) and river shipping are becoming to the forefront of maritime transport industry and maritime logistics in tandem with ocean going shipping and 3PL service providers to enhance global integration and connectivity. Having said that, in the era of trade liberalization, academia, policy makers, and businessmen are encouraged to join this conference under the main theme of “Global Integration of Economies and Connectivity Development” so as to look into maritime transport and logistics connectivity in the region, which is becoming one of critical issues in the maritime and logistics studies. This conference covers the following scopes in the region, but not limited to:

  • Structural change in trade flows
  • Shipping routes and patterns, including SSS
  • Transport system and transport connectivity
  • Relocation of production lines
  • Logistics development in economic blocks, such as ASEAN, AANZFTA, RCEP, TPP, BRICS, and IBSA
  • Port and hinterland integration
  • Innovative business model for shipping operations
  • Best and innovative practices for shipping and port connectivity
  • Economic or operational mechanisms that foster connectivity
  • Green shipping operations
  • Sustainability in port operations
  • Implications of regional integration for supply chain and logistics solutions
  • Policy implications of shipping and port connectivity development in ASEAN
  • Strategic and marketing issues for intra-regional trades and the use of SSS
  • Network design and global supply chain strategies
  • SSS corridor studies
  • SSS and port operations integration
  • Regional maritime connectivity of SSS
  • Relationship between ‘deep-sea’ and ‘short sea shipping’
  • Future of SSS in Europe, America and Asia


[Note] :
TPP: Trans-Pacific Partnership (12 countries);
RCEP: Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (ASEAN + 6 countries);
ASEAN: Association of Southeast Asian Nations (10 countries);
FTAAP: Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific;
AANZFTA: ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area;
ASEM : Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)


Conference Best Papers Publication in International Journals


Important Dates:

  • Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 10 December 2014
  • Deadline for submission of full papers: 1 April 2015
  • Notification of acceptance of full papers: 1 June 2015
  • Submission of revised full papers: 1 July 2015
  • Deadline of conference registration: 15 July 2015