Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation Ports and Maritime Affairs hosts leading Middle East trade conference
HE Minister of Transportation Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed today opened the 8th Trans Middle East Exhibition and Conference
HE Minister of Transportation Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed today opened the 8th Trans Middle East Exhibition and Conference at the Gulf International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Gulf Hotel.
Hosted by the Ministry of Transportation Ports and Maritime Affairs (PMA), this event is a key event in the annual container ports, shipping and logistics industry in the Middle East.
This year’s event will bring together the local, regional and international maritime community to discuss the latest issues effecting the development of the cargo shipping and transport logistics industry in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. Thirty speakers will be presenting at the 2 day conference, while around 60 exhibitors from the global maritime community are participating in the concurrent exhibition.
Commenting on the event, His Excellency Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Minister of Transportation, said: “Trans Middle East is a key international platform to bring together key decision makers from across the global shipping and logistics industries, and we are pleased to have hosted this prestigious exhibition and conference for the second time in Bahrain. This year’s event served as an excellent platform for local, regional and international experts to share their experiences and build lasting networks with their peers in the industry.”
As part of the programme, delegates were taken on site tours of Khalifa Bin Salman Port (KBSP) and the Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY), where they were shown the facilities. A gala dinner was also held at the Gulf Hotel to mark the opening of this year’s event. The event was first held in Bahrain in 2009 and is held on an annual basis in one of the Arab countries.
Transport Events Management Limited, Managing Director, Mr. Rory J. Doyle said: “Trans Middle East Exhibition and Conference 2012 is a key event for sharing best practices among maritime professionals within the region. Bahrain’s role is critical in this due to its heavy involvement in the industry and its strategic location, which serves as a gateway to the region and the Northern Gulf markets. Transport Events is proud to bring this event once again to the Kingdom.”
During the conference, around 30 maritime and logistics experts addressed top challenges facing the industry and focused on the new paradigms for growth strategies, latest developments and forthcoming challenges confronting container ports, shipping and logistics trade throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.
More than 200 maritime professionals converged this month in Bahrain to discuss several maritime-related topics and around 60 international companies participated in the exhibition. This significant high-profile event is considered an excellent platform for bringing key decision-makers in the maritime community together, as well as providing companies with a captive audience of their peers to showcase their latest products and services to over the course of the two-day exhibition.
Topics covered during the two-day event included forthcoming challenges in global containerization, current infrastructure and investor sentiments for ports and shipping development, global trends in ownership of ports and its significance for shipping lines, port modernization, security and tracking in ports, cost effective container inspection and detection technology, to name a few. Delegates were also given the opportunity to raise questions after every major session.
Strategically located Bahrain is the gateway to the growing economies of the Middle East and is soon becoming the preferred choice for setting up business operations to gain access to the Middle East and North African region. The Kingdom’s excellent infrastructure and transportation links have positioned the country as the perfect hub for easy access to every market in the Middle East and North Africa region by land, sea and air.