The USD 46.5 billion being spent within port projects throughout the Middle East, will be the primary focus of the ports and maritime summit in Abu Dhabi.
The inaugural World Ports & Trade Summit (WPTS) will take place from March 28 to 31 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.
The WPTS to be held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, will focus the attention of business professionals involved in the development of ports and associated industries, according to the official summit website.
The summit will feature an international exhibition centre, one to one meetings between cargo owners and shipping companies, keynote conference sessions, panel debates and round table discussions.
There will aslo be the opportunity to attend hosted tours of Khalifa Port, Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi (KIZAD) and other port facilities in the UAE. The Summit will also serve as a venue for the major terminal operators’ annual meetings.
“With literally billions of dollars being spent on port development throughout the Middle East, the summit is an excellent opportunity to enhance collaboration on the overall Arab ports and maritime agenda,” said Sheikh Sabah Jaber Al Ali Al-Sabah, chairman of Arab Seaports Federation (ASPF), which has confirmed its participation in WPTS.
“The industry needs a global event to sound check business initiatives, promote current projects, and discuss issues and solutions for the industry. WPTS provides this international arena", the Sheikh Sabah continued.
The federation will use the summit as a platform to continue its support and to facilitate the business opportunities and growth throughout regional ports and the international maritime industry, according to Dredging Today.
Tawfiq Yousef Al Mubarak, executive vice-president – ports unit, Abu Dhabi Ports Company, said: “The industry is experiencing phenomenal demand-led growth. Public and private sectors are aware that a strong port network and infrastructure boosts trade volumes, accelerating economic recovery.”
“Therefore the summit will act as a platform to redefine strategies, to capitalise on trade growth opportunities, to review the latest trends and to debate regulatory and operational issues,” he added.
In addition, Abu Dhabi Ports Company will be presenting its plans for Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi.