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Conference Objectives

The active mission of the PIANC-COPEDEC Conferences is:

       1. To provide an international forum where coastal and port engineers from developing countries can exchange know-how and experience amongst themselves and with their colleagues from industrialized countries.

      2. To enable the developing countries to have a sustainable human resource pool of coastal and port development professionals.

The overall theme for COPEDEC X is “Enhancing Waterborne Transport and Sustainable Coastal Development” THE CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES As with previous conferences, the emphasis on technical subjects remains. Papers will focus on practical applications, planning, management, and environmental aspects of coastal, port and inland waterway engineering in developing and industrialized countries, including documentation of case studies.

PPA General Manager’s Message


The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is delighted to host the 10th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC) on 9 - 13 October 2023 in Manila.


The event theme “Enhancing Waterborne Transport and Sustainable Coastal Development”  is indeed timely as the Philippines and other developing nations address a myriad of port issues ranging from climate change impact to cyber security and logistics efficiency.


We welcome local and international port planners, engineers, as well as experts

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 from the academe, business and industry to share their knowledge and experience in a  weeklong event  full of technical presentations, dialogue and collaboration that aim to provide solutions and implementation strategies going into the future. 

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We also expect the conference to provide participants greater and deeper understanding of the various technologies and IT applications available, and learn how to align technology to their business strategy.


On behalf of the Department of Transportation and the Philippine maritime community, I would like to

welcome and encourage everyone to join the conference as we seek to conquer the new world of ports and coastal cities.


All aboard and full steam ahead!



General Manager

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