The Competitiveness of Global Port-Cities

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Ports and cities are historically strongly linked, but the link between port and city growth has become weaker. Economic benefits often spill over to other regions, whereas negative impacts are localised in the port-city. How can ports regain their role as drivers of urban economic growth and how can negative port impacts be mitigated? Those are the questions that this report aims to answer.



Making ports competitive

How can ports keep their competitive edge? That is the core question of this chapter, which is of prime relevance to port-cities, given that only well-functioning, competitive ports are able to create economic value. The three main determinants for competitive ports, identified here, are: extensive maritime forelands, effective port operations and strong hinterland connections. Long-term competitiveness of the port is also dependent on the support of the local population, which is necessary to sustain port functions in metropolitan areas.


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