Dubai Maritime Agenda 2017 details revealed

Dubai Maritime Agenda 2017 has begun preparations to host a line-up of international speakers to explore the future of the maritime sector as the UAE prepares for a ‘post oil economy.’
The platform will bring together an elite group of international maritime industry leaders.
The platform will bring together an elite group of international maritime industry leaders.

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Dubai Maritime Agenda 2017 has begun preparations to host a line-up of international speakers to explore the future of the maritime sector as the UAE prepares for a ‘post oil economy.’

The platform will bring together an elite group of international maritime industry leaders to discuss rapidly evolving global developments and review Dubai’s progressing in enhancing the maritime sector as a vital pillar of national economic diversification, in line with Dubai Plan 2021.

The event is scheduled to take place on October 10, 2017 in Dubai, and will bring together the most important figures in the marine industry to highlight the latest developments in technology and maritime innovation.

The invited international speakers will be led by Clive Aston, London Maritime Arbitration Association; Nijoe Joseph, partner, Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP; Dipak Karki, head of Financial Advisory & Capital at Galbraith's Limited; Sergey Popravko, CEO, SCF Management Services; and Mark Williams, managing partner, Affinity Research LLP.

Panel discussions will be moderated by journalist and broadcaster Todd Benjamin. The panelists will include Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, executive director, Vancouver International Maritime Centre; Mark Beer OBE, co-chief executive and registrar general, DIFC Courts; Arthur Bowring MH, Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group (HKMAG); Rene Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine; Oskar Levander, vice-president innovation, engineering & technology – marine, Rolls-Royce Plc; Marcus Machin CEO, Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Ltd; Panos G. Moraitis, CEO, Aspida; Edward Newitt, Executive Committee, Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre (EMAC); Stephan Piworus, senior vice president, Identec Solutions; and Robert G. Shaw, president, Society of Maritime Arbitrators.

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Amer Ali, executive director of DMCA, noted that the prestigious international participation in the upcoming event reflects the confidence in the maritime cluster in Dubai, as an influential power in the global maritime landscape.

He emphasised that Dubai Maritime Agenda has become a unique strategic platform for encouraging constructive dialogue about the reality and future of the global maritime sector.

“The agenda provides an ideal platform for highlighting Dubai’ position as a major player in the advancement of the local and global maritime industry based on the pillars of creativity, technological innovation, excellence, training and human investment. We look forward to hosting the first event of its kind in the Middle East, which will constitute a milestone in our efforts to explore the future of technology, legislation and training,” he said.

Dubai Maritime Agenda 2017 will help promote excellence and innovation in the maritime sector, as it provides an ideal platform for enhancing effective communication channels between regional and international maritime authorities.

Its agenda will begin with panel discussions on ‘Global Outlook for Shipping,’ ‘Safely Sailing the High Seas – Reducing the Legal Risks’ and ‘Future of Shipping Technology.’ Among the topics to be discussed are 3D printing, energy and automated ships. Finance for shipping in the next decade and the role of shipping banks will also be discussed, in addition to Maritime Clustering (collaboration or competition), during which representatives of some of the world’s leading international maritime hubs will shed light on the opportunities and challenges related to the competitive and collaborative relationship among the global maritime capitals.

Dubai Maritime Agenda 2017 will highlight Dubai’s role as an influential power in shaping the future of the maritime industry both regionally and globally, as a leading hub for maritime innovation in the world. The agenda of the next edition will highlight the outstanding maritime achievements and the major initiatives under the umbrella of the DMCA. It will also reflect DMCA’s efforts to make Dubai one of the world's top maritime hubs.

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