Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Local Governments and Ports

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This report compares the different ways in which local governments are involved in running ports and offers recommendations for more effective port governance.  Around a third of the world’s largest ports are controlled by local governments. How do they perform this role, and with what results? Specifically, what are the impacts of local governments’ port policies on local job creation and greening ports? 

Policy Insights

  • Develop tailor-made governance arrangements for ports.
  • Allow decentralised port governance to create additional benefits for local communities.
  • Coordinate public port investment, nationally and where possible at a supra-national level.
  • Ensure that ports not only focus on profits, but also take local impacts into account.

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