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Antwerp’s business plan

(Posted on 31/05/18)

Antwerp Port Authority has presented its new Business Plan. "In today's fast-changing world we aim to be a safe home port and act as a lever for all those who see opportunities and embrace challenge," says CEO Jacques Vandermeiren. "Our main advantages for this are our great adaptability and our strong focus on innovation and digitisation. We constantly strive for sustainable added value, while assuming our responsibility towards society."

The Antwerp industrial and logistics port platform is the main economic engine for our country. One in 16 people in Flanders works in or for the port, and the platform directly or indirectly generates added value of €21bn annually: 8.1 per cent of the total for the Flemish region. As one of the main links in trade between Europe and the rest of the world, the port platform occupies a central place in a world that is changing increasingly rapidly and becoming more and more unpredictable.

Jacques Vandermeiren adds: "We are working towards a sustainable future for the port. This ambition is expressed in our new mission and vision, in which our role is defined even more sharply. We are much more than a port landlord, an operator and a facilitator in the nautical chain: we are also a community builder. We challenge ourselves to be even closer to our employees, our customers and stakeholders.

"Our new Business Plan that aims to bring results in five strategic priorities gives us a sharper focus. We are convinced that we can turn this company around by concentrating on a number of clearly defined strategic priorities that will form our main action guidelines between now and 2020."

The five priorities are: Sustainable growth, Mobility, Transition, Safety & Security and Operational Excellence.

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