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Logistics Development Strategies and Performance Measurement

Queretaro, Mexico, 9-10 March 2015

Pablo Guerrero,  Infrastructure and Environment Sector, Inter American Development Bank


Logistics performance is a strong determinant of national economic competitiveness. Understanding and decomposing the components of logistics performance can help countries to improve efficiency of logistics systems as well as the functioning of related infrastructures, services, procedures and regulations. A sound and comprehensive set of national-level performance indicators is critical for high-level policy dialogue, preparation and implementation. In order to prepare evidence-based policies, policy-makers need:
  • Information on the main drivers of logistics performance and related factors for achieving logistics excellence;
  • Appropriate indicators of efficiency, competence, cost, and quality of the logistics services, both in absolute and relative terms, and tracking trends;
  • A good understanding of the expected impact of regulations, policies, and incentives on economic, public, and industrial development.
It is also important to recognise specific regional characteristics so that policy makers can integrate regional factors into improving national logistical competitiveness, according to local requirements. Development of effective logistics strategies requires of a comprehensive approach.

The specific objectives of the Roundtable were as follows:
  • Provide an overview of the current state of research on macro level logistics performance assessment;
  • Survey and define current logistics performance measurement activities and determine the availability, frequency, reliability, and applicability of current logistics performance systems at national level;
  • Assess the coherence of trade and transport policies in relation to logistics performance;
  • Evaluate the role of logistics performance indicators for policy-making and impact assessment. This included:
    a. an analysis of the relevance of existing indicators,
    b. examining whether new or alternative indicators may add value, and
    c. assessing the contextual factors that shape the degree to which indicators are used by various policy actors and influence policy-making;
  • Improve the decision basis for the selection of policy tools through a better understanding of the interaction between trade and transport related policy tools and logistics performance.

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Papers and Presentations

Performance Measurement in Transport: its Contribution to the Design of Public Policy

Alan McKINNON, Kuhne Logistics University, Germany
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Logistics Performance Index and Drivers of Logistics Performance
Lauri OJALA, Turku School of Economics, Finland and Dilay CELEBI, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
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Supply Chain Performance Measurement in Latin America

Gaston CEDILLO, University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico
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National Performance Indicator Observatory on Freight Transport and Logistics
José SAN MARTIN ROMERO, Director General, Mexican Transport Institute
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Performance Measurement for Intermodal Corridors: A methodological approach
Carlos MARTNER, National Council of Science and Technology, Mexico and Gabriela GARCIA,  Instituto Mexicano del Transporte, Mexico
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Port Performance Thoughts to Share. Why Measure Performance? How to Measure?

Mary BROOKS, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada
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Measuring public investment in transport infrastructure and logistics indicators for efficient investment

Sissi DE LA PEÑA, Independent Infrastructure/Transport Adviser, Mexico
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