Maritime Economics Researcher, Mr Sanele Gumede is part of an international Maritime Transport and Ports special interest group which sees researchers and scholars deliberate and exchange ideas on maritime issues with the aim of growing the global economy.
The group is part of the World Conference on Transportation Research Studies. This year’s triennial conference took place at Tongji University in Shanghai, China and saw over 1 300 papers in the disciplines of transport studies, from engineering, economics, energy and environmental affairs, law, urban and rural planning being presented.
“Restructuring of South Africa’s port pricing strategy” was the title of Gumede’s presentation. It evaluated the evolution of port pricing strategy (PPS) in South Africa in order to achieve economic objectives of South African maritime ports and the objectives of the country.
‘The conference helped me to better improve my research and to understand the nuances of maritime economics on a global scale,’ said Gumede.
He added that being part of the special interest group will help him gain new insights which will add value to the pursuit of his doctoral studies qualifications.
‘I plan to use the experience and exposure gained to contribute to the development of maritime sector in South Africa. I therefore encourage postgraduate students and academics to engage in research initiatives that seek to provide practical solutions, both long term and short term, for domestic challenges,’ he said.