THE Multimodal Asia-Pacific '93 conference will be held at Singapore's Westin hotel on June 23 and 24. The event is expected to attract more than 150 key figures in transport in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, China, Vietnam and Europe. Speakers, who will consider national strategies to assist transport development, will include Orient Overseas Container Line director Bosco Louie, from Hongkong, who will speak on using electronic data interchange to improve service, and Mr Benson Tan Boon Chuan, managing director of Hongkong-based Trans Overseas International Carrier, who will speak on operating a non-vessel operating cargo carrier in China. Canadian economist John McPherson will speak on multimodalism and transport development in the Asia-Pacific region. Other speakers will be Mr Richard Henshaw, head of the shipping section at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and Mr Tan Kay Hock, president of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Association. A multimodal approach attempts to integrate different types of transport. The event is organised by the Singapore Chartered Institute of Transport, and sponsored by ESCAP, the Canadian International Development Agency and Fairplay, an international shipping weekly.