Summit to discuss supply chain issue
Dubai, June 12, 2012
Leading players from supply chain industry will be in Dubai this October to explore the impact of changing trade dynamics on container logistics, shipping and port strategies across the Middle East and Africa.
These experts will study the changing face of the region's container trade at "TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East" expo which runs from October 1 to 3.
The event includes the two-day high-level container supply chain conference, free-to-attend port operations and technology seminars, exhibition of port and terminal services, equipment and technology, and industry networking receptions.
It will bring together cargo owners, logistics providers, ocean carriers, port and terminal operators and other container supply chain members to assess the regional outlook.
Speakers lined up this year include Ashish Chakravarti, senior manager Supply Planning, Procurement & Special Projects for Heinz Africa & ME and Bander Boitey, manager, Logistics & Transportation for Ma'aden, the Saudi Arabian Mining Company, who will give views from the consumer goods and industrial sectors on what cargo owners need from their logistics and transport providers.
Container logistics and ocean freight strategies for the Middle East and Africa, including the role of Suez Canal, will be assessed by Lars Oestergaard Nielsen, managing director - UAE, Oman, Qatar & Iran for Maersk Line; Mustafa Sener, SVP Seafreight, Middle East, Turkey and Central Asia Region at Kuehne + Nagel; Mahmoud Ahmed Rezk, vice director for the Suez Canal Authority, Alireza Jahan, managing director of Qeshm Ultimate Container & Logistics Services and Majed Zambaraji, CEO of RAK Logistics.
Regional port investment, development and operations will be addressed by executives including Peter Ford, CEO at Port of Salalah, Ravi Menon, director general at Algeria’s Bejaia Mediterranean Terminal and Karl Socikwa, CEO of South Africa’s Transnet Port Terminals (TPT).
Also investing heavily is Abu Dhabi Terminals (ADT) with its huge new Khalifa Port and Free Zone development. Angelo de Jong, Technical Project Manager at ADT, will update delegates on progress of the highly-automated Khalifa Container Terminal.
According to organisers, the summit will focus on changing port strategies of Saudi, the challenges and opportunities presented by Africa’s reinsertion into the global trade arena, and how continued containerisation of commodities will impact Middle East container trade flows – not least in the vital petrochemicals sector.-TradeArabia News Service