RAK Logistics Addresses Key Industry Challenges at 2012 TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East Conference
To once again explore, RAK Logistics CEO, Mr Majed Zambaraji, will join the panel of industry experts to discuss and debate the crucial issues affecting maritime container transport in the Middle East. Set over 3 days, TOC CSC: Middle East will deliver a packed agenda full with the crucial content and industry insight you need to know to keep up to date in the world of maritime logistics.
Countries of the Gulf Co-operation Council are experiencing significant shifts in the direction and nature of trade with the rest of the world. A few decades ago, the OECD accounted for 85% of the GCC’s trade; by 2009 emerging markets had risen to account almost half of the region’s trade.
The emergence of India and China has presented the GCC with substantial opportunities as supply chain hubs, driving the region’s ports to ramp-up capacity, not only to cater to their own increasing needs, but also to develop a hub strategy.
However, this overall picture of sustained growth masks wildly differing standards in supply chain infrastructure and practice in the GCC and the wider Middle East region. Many ports are undoubtedly world-scale and world-class, yet others now urgently need to migrate from political patronage to commercial viability.
Modern ways of doing business are called for, especially in the areas of Customs, immigration, and other business processes if the Middle East is to capitalise on its unique strategic position as the crossroads between Asia, Europe and Africa. Air, roads, and railways are all being substantially upgraded; seaports need to stay in the race.
In particular for 2012, TOC Container Supply Chain: Middle East will focus on the changing port strategies of Saudi Arabia and India, and the challenges and opportunities presented by Africa’s reinsertion into the global trade arena.
Key conference topics for 2012 include:
• Regional and global container trade flows and market forecasts
• Supply chain planning and fulfilment
• Port investment across the Arabian Peninsula
• Understanding Africa: Ports, Shipping & Logistics
• How far is the containerisation of commodities driving Middle East trade?
• Changing dynamics of Suez and North Africa trade lanes
• Financing the next generation of maritime facilities
• North Africa & Levant – supply chains amid rapidly changing landscapes
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