GOP officials begin second international tour
Manama, June 24, 2008
Bahrain’s General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP) has begun the second leg of an international tour of meetings and exhibitions to promote the Bahrain Logistics Zone (BLZ).
The latest is their participation in the sixth Annual 3PL (third party logistics) Summit in Atlanta, one of the world’s most important logistics events. This follows their attendance at last week’s Transport Logistic China Expo in Shanghai.
The sixth Annual 3PL Summit is the world’s largest event for 3PL organisations - a group for whom the facilities on offer at the Bahrain Logistics Zone are an attractive proposition, said an official spokesman.
The team will be attending the event alongside a series of meetings with executives of international logistics companies in order to discuss the BLZ’s offering to companies looking for an intermodal logistics hub in the Arabian Gulf.
This ties in with the overall goals of the Bahrain government to boost Bahrain’s economy and create new job opportunities by encouraging international companies to invest in Bahrain.
Due to the BLZ’s charter to contribute to the development of Bahrain and to oversubscribed demand for the space so far, a rigorous selection process for applicants is in place to find companies which can make the best use of the zone’s offering while meeting the overall economic objectives for employment creation and investment generation.
“The BLZ is already oversubscribed many times over, but we are dedicated to ensuring our tenants are the right fit for us. The right kinds of tenants are those who will bring the most value to Bahrain – this means on one level the creation of jobs and increase in foreign direct investment, and also their ability to transfer knowledge to the local market and their involvement in activities which further Bahrain’s economic and cultural goals,” director general of GOP Hassan Ali Al Majed.
The BLZ is the region’s first boutique logistics area that focuses on re-export and value-adding logistics services. When complete, the zone will be fully integrated with Bahrain’s new Khalifa bin Salman port, which will have a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs.
The BLZ is also in close proximity to the causeway linking Bahrain to Saudi Arabia and the proposed causeway to Qatar, as well as to Bahrain International Airport, making it perfectly positioned as a multimodal logistics hub for the region.\
Tenants will be able to lease either plots at the site or pre-built serviced warehouses, offices and retail space. They also benefit from a range of services designed to provide a one-stop shop for all their setup requirements, including registration, licensing and visa processing. – TradeArabia News Service