The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the Port and Shipping Authority (PSA) of Haikou City in China has agreed to become sister ports to improve services in all jurisdictional areas of both Authorities.
PPA General Manager Jay Daniel R. Santiago and PSA of Haikou City Director General Lin Jian signed the pact in a short program hosted by the PPA recently.
The PPA-Haikou City agreement is the second pact signed by the Philippines with the People’s Republic of China in more than a decade. PPA earlier signed a similar agreement for the ports of Manila and Davao with Guangzhou to facilitate shipments of goods between the ports involved.
With the latest arrangement sealed, the door is now open to promote and deepen the mutual cooperation between the two parties through sharing experience and expertise in the areas of port development and maintenance, port management, port operations and trade cargo, port safety and disaster prevention, port environmental issues as well as other mutually acceptable areas of cooperation.
Aside from Guangzhou and Haikou City, PPA has signed similar contracts with Incheon Port in South Korea sometime in 2011 as well as with the Ports of Kobe and Yokohama in Japan, Port of Cork in Ireland and recently renewed its partnership with the Port of San Francisco.
Currently, PPA is evaluating a pool of international ports that they plan to offer similar arrangements in its bid to increase the viability and competitiveness of Philippine ports and benchmark it to world standards.