GBI Seminar Series Presents: A link between maritime connectivity, port competitiveness and economic growth

The 2020 Global Business Innovation (GBI) Seminar Series presents: Visiting Assoc. Prof. Naima Saeed from University of Agder, Norway

Visiting Assoc. Prof. Naima Saeed from University of Agder, Norway, will talk about her current research, which is focused on port competition and cooperation, maritime connectivity, and measures to improve ports' efficiency. 

The primary objective of this study is to analyse the underlying nature of the relationship between maritime connectivity, port competitiveness in terms of trade, and economic growth. The analysis is undertaken on the basis of the following assumptions: 1) an improvement in maritime connectivity between any two nations will facilitate an increase in the value of bilateral trade between those nations (both export and import values); 2) an increase in the aggregate value of trade for any given nation is positively related to domestic production and national output, which may also indicate that greater connectivity also spurs economic growth; 3) economic growth also affects trade. The results confirm the complexity of the relationships between maritime connectivity, port competitiveness, and economic growth and that, compared to components of maritime connectivity, none of the gravity variables have a positive impact on bilateral trade. The results suggest that economic policy and trade policy at the global, regional, and national levels should recognize the need for, and foster, better maritime connectivity.

Naima Saeed is an Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder, Norway, and a visiting scholar at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. She has a Ph.D. in Logistics from Molde University College (Norway). Saeed is a member of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions' committee for the research methods course (2016-2020).

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