Dubai FDI ties in with leading logistics conference

Arm of DED endorses second 'Leaders in Logistics' December summit.
Last year's Leaders in Logistics conference stimulated interesting debate amongst the industry.
Last year's Leaders in Logistics conference stimulated interesting debate amongst the industry.

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Dubai FDI, the foreign investment promotion arm of the Department of Economic Development (DED), has announced its support for the second Leaders in Logistics Conference, to be held in Dubai on the 7th of December 2011.

The conference, organised by Logistics Middle East magazine, will see leading businesses and key decision-makers in global supply chain services sharing their insights and thoughts on the present state and future of the logistics industry.

Dubai’s reputation as a regional re-export and distribution hub and the remarkable growth in the city’s logistics infrastructure will be in sharp focus at the industry conference.

Commenting on the conference, Fahad Al Gergawi, chief executive officer of Dubai FDI, said: “Global supply chain hubs are today reinforcing their role in sustaining trade and development. For Dubai, its reputation as a trading centre rests largely on its ability to ensure reliable and efficient delivery of goods to the fast-expanding economies across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.”

“Dubai’s expanding infrastructure presents and focus on facilitating investment into key industry sectors now presents vast opportunities for logistics firms to add new locations and build new capabilities,” he added.

Dubai’s logistics infrastructure is set for a quantum leap with the expected completion of the Dubai World Central development. Al Maktoum International Airport, the centerpiece of the ambitious development, when fully operational, will have an annual capacity of 12 million tonnes of cargo in addition to 160 million passengers. DWC will also have a logistics district that will provide a world-class supply chain and operating environment, including multi-modal transport facilities.

“Dubai FDI sees the Leaders in Logistics conference well-aligned with our objective of showcasing investment opportunities in critical sectors and enabling businesses to leverage the unique growth environment in Dubai,” said Al Gergawi.

Speakers confirmed for the second Leaders in Logistics Conference include senior executives from DHL Express, Fedex, Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA), Al Futtaim Logistics, RAK Free Trade Zone, Maximus Air, Hellman and Aramex. The conference will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing global supply chains and logistics operations as well as the need to create new benchmarks in industry operations.

The 2011 Leaders in Logistics conference will also include a series of workshops for the benefit of industry professionals. The conference is also supported by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and the Supply Chain and Logistics Group of Dubai Chamber.

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