Abu Dhabi to host international summit on sea ports and maritime trade

With ports and sea freight in the Middle East expanding and regional shipping lines facing unprecedented challenges, leaders in international business and government will meet at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) from April 2 to 4 for the World Ports and Trade Summit 2012.

Over 4,000 delegates representing port authorities, shipping lines, cargo operators, logistics companies, technology solutions providers, investors and financiers will attend the summit to discuss the state of the industry, emerging markets and the way forward.

The Summit, which is jointly organised by Seatrade and Turret Media, is held in association with the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC). An exhibition showcasing cutting edge services and technology related to ports and sea trade will also be part of the event.

The first World Ports and Trade Summit hosted in Abu Dhabi in 2011 drew over 3,000 delegates from 52 countries, including board presidents and chief executives from sectors ranging from ports, cargo and logistics operations, infrastructure development to investment finance.
By bringing together key decision-makers and solutions providers across a series of brainstorming and networking sessions, the summit will offer the latest project updates and the opportunity to influence investment and purchase decisions in the fast-expanding ports and sea trade sector in the Middle East.

“Middle East seaports are expanding vigorously – a total of $46.5bn has already been committed to develop the 35 ports in the region. Considering the region’s role as a hub and transit point for global trade and the economic boom in and around the Middle East, such investment strategies are here to stay,” said Tony Douglas, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Ports Company.

“Abu Dhabi hosting the World Ports & Sea Trade Summit has added significance as the UAE is the most vibrant distribution and consumption hub within the Middle East. In addition, the opening of the newest and most advanced automated facility in the region at Khalifa Port in the fourth quarter will prove a great draw for the industry. With its strong accent on economic diversification and investment in logistics infrastructure the UAE presents immense opportunities for maritime trade, services and technology.” added Mr Douglas.
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Article by Links Group on Jan 31st 2012

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