MALAYSIAN ports saw a 14.8 per cent growth last year after competitive pricing, services and a speedy turnaround time in handling containers were introduced.
Transport Minister Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha said he expected a seven per cent growth in cargo handling this year, which he added was a "conservative figure".
Malaysian ports handled 18.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) last year as compared to 16.04 million in 2009.
"We expect further growth this year and the coming years ahead," he said after opening the National Maritime Conference yesterday.
Kong said human capital development was crucial to become an excellent international shipping provider.
Earlier, in his keynote address, he said a more highly trained, skilled, competent and motivated workforce was needed to drive the nation towards a developed nation in 2020.