On October 16, GCCA held a Cold Chain Connection in Jakarta, Indonesia in collaboration with Indonesia’s local Cold Chain association, ARPI. This event was part of the Southeast Asia Emerging Markets Program, a USDA-funded project that aims to strengthen the cold chain in Indonesia and the Philippines as a means to facilitate US exports of temperature-sensitive products to the region. GCCA’s Director of International Projects, Amanda Brondy, traveled with Greg Laurin, President of Conestoga Cold Storage and Marc Dizon, representing the Cold Chain Association of the Philippines (CCAP), to host this meeting which included a lengthy discussion on the ongoing challenges and ways in which GCCA might utilize project funds to help the Indonesian Cold Chain develop. The team also visited facilities and held discussions with ARPI to understand how GCCA and ARPI might collaborate in the future.
Warehouse operations, refrigeration maintenance and transport were identified as critical areas for training and educational resources (handbooks and manuals). In addition to utilizing GCCA members from the US to provide educational training, GCCA hopes to strengthen regional ties with CCAP by utilizing Filipino expertise in areas of mutual concern such as disaster management and inter-island logistics.