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TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East returns to Dubai

Event to examine the changing face of the region's container trade.
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TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East returns to Dubai from 1-3 October 2012 to explore the impact of changing trade dynamics on container logistics, shipping and port strategies across the Middle East and Africa.

Held under the Patronage of His Excellency Dr. Rashid Ahmed Bin Fahad, UAE Minister of Environment and Water, and with DP World as host sponsor, the 2nd TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East brings together cargo owners, logistics providers, ocean carriers, port and terminal operators and other container supply chain members to assess the regional outlook.

GCC countries are experiencing significant shifts in the direction and nature of trade with the rest of the world, as trade with OECD countries is rapidly supplanted by that of emerging markets.

The emergence of India and China has presented the GCC with substantial opportunities, driving the region’s ports to expand capacity both for their own trade needs and also to develop as regional supply chain hubs.

However, this overall picture of growth masks very different standards in supply chain infrastructure and practice across the GCC and the wider Middle East. Many ports are undoubtedly world-scale and world-class, yet others now urgently need to improve their ability to serve today’s commercial demands.

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.

In particular for 2012, TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East will focus on the changing port strategies of Saudi Arabia, 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.

Speakers 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 the 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 & Board Member at Qeshm Ultimate Container & Logistics Services and Majed Zambaraji, CEO, 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). TPT has recently announced a US$4.3 billion investment plan to boost capacity and performance across its South African port network over the next seven years in anticipation of significant demand growth.

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. Further speakers and topics will be announced over the coming weeks at www.tocevents-me.com.

TOC Container Supply Chain Middle East runs from 1-3 October at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. 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.
 

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