Advancements in developing smart and sustainable port infrastructure for strengthening Middle East & Africa’s maritime portfolio

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EVENT OVERVIEW

The premier Port Development Middle East & Africa Forum sets the stage for industry leaders, government officials, and key stakeholders to converge and discuss transformative strategies shaping the port landscape in the Middle East and Africa. With the region experiencing phenomenal growth in maritime trade, the forum serves as a pivotal platform to navigate the challenges and opportunities faced by port operators and investors.

The Middle East and Africa region boast some of the busiest and fastest-growing ports in the world. The region’s maritime trade volume has been steadily increasing over the past decade, with significant investments pouring into infrastructural enhancements and expansion projects. Key players in the industry are aggressively modernizing port facilities and adopting cutting-edge technologies to meet the escalating demands of global trade in an increasingly competitive environment. With a diverse lineup of speakers representing government bodies, port authorities, shipping companies, logistics firms, and technology providers, the conference promises a wealth of knowledge-sharing opportunities and networking prospects.

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Market Statistics

Middle East

Middle East

Africa

Africa

MIDDLE EAST TWENTY EQUIVALENT UNITS

(TEU) OPPORTUNITIES

AFRICA TWENTY EQUIVALENT UNITS

(TEU) OPPORTUNITIES

Tema Port
3.7 million
teu planned
Port Said
5 million
teu planned
Port of Durban
5 million
teu planned
Lekki Deep Sea Port
5 million
teu planned
Port of Ngqura
2 million
teu planned
Port of Abidjan
2.5 million
teu planned
Port of Casablanca
1.3 million
teu planned
Port Mombasa
1.65 million
teu planned
Port of Doraleh
1.6 million
teu planned
Sokhna (Egypt)
500,000
teu

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Advisors

H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim

Chairman of Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries DCMMIEmirates)
Chairman & Group CEO of KBI
UAE

Amine Malti

Ports & Maritime Projects Director,
Tanger Med Engineering
Morocco

Dr. Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie

Senior Manager – Geotechnical Engineering
Dubai Development Authority
UAE

Dr. Juan Recio

Practice Director, Ports & Marine
AECOM
UAE

Speakers

Houmed Ali

Chief Operating Officer
Djibouti Port Authority
Djibouti

Imtiaz Hussain Shah

Chief Engineering Officer
King Abdullah Port, Saudi Arabia

Mahdi Allawatia

Projects Director
SOHAR Port and Freezone
Oman

Mark Matthews

Director - International Projects
Abu Dhabi Ports
UAE

Nasser Tlassellal

General Director
Tanger Med Engineering
Morocco

Peter Marvin

Chief Technical & Resource Pool Officer
NMDC Group
UAE

Susanta Panda

Chief Operating Officer
Lagos Ports
Nigeria

Dr. Valters Bolevics

Executive Director Business Development
King Abdullah Port
Saudi Arabia

H.E. Khamis Juma Buamim

Chairman of Dubai Council for Marine & Maritime Industries DCMMIEmirates)
Chairman & Group CEO of KBI
UAE

Amine Malti

Ports & Maritime Projects Director,
Tanger Med Engineering
Morocco

Dr. Ing. Marwan Alzaylaie

Senior Manager – Geotechnical Engineering
Dubai Development Authority
UAE

Dr. Juan Recio

Practice Director, Ports & Marine
AECOM
UAE

AGENDA

08:00

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING

09:00

WELCOME ADDRESS BY GREAT MINDS EVENT MANAGEMENT

09:05

OPENING ADDRESS AND WELCOME REMARKS BY CHAIRPERSON

09:15

REGIONAL INDUSTRY KEYNOTE ADDRESS

09:30

INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRY KEYNOTE ADDRESS

09:45

LEADERS PANEL DISCUSSION | DEVELOPMENT, EXTENSION, AND MODERNIZATION OF MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA PORTS TO ENHANCE EFFICIENCY AND CAPACITY

10:30

PRESENTATION SESSION | DISCUSSING CONTAINER TERMINAL AUTOMATION CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES ASSOCIATED WITH PORT PERFORMANCE

10:50
11:20

AFRICA PROJECT SPOTLIGHT | UPDATES ON LATEST PROJECTS FROM THE REGION’S PORTS & MARINE

11:50

NETWORKING & COFFEE BREAK 

12:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | MASTER PLAN CHALLENGES AND DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF PORTS AND MARINAS

13:00

NDUSTRY SESSIONS | INNOVATIONS IN PORT & MARINE DEVELOPMENT

This session will highlight the latest solutions and technologies in port and marine development. The session consists of three 10-minute presentations from experts in the industry who will provide insights and case studies on the successful application of innovative solutions.

13:30

MIDDLE EAST PROJECT SPOTLIGHT | UPDATES ON LATEST PROJECTS FROM GLOBAL PORTS & MARINE

14:00

PRESENTATION SESSION | 

THE PIVOTAL IMPORTANCE OF INTELLIGENT PORTS WITHIN THE INTERMODAL TRANSPORTATION NETWORK

14:20

CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

14:30

NETWORKING LUNCHEON AND END OF CONFERENCE DAY 1

08:00

REGISTRATION AND NETWORKING

09:00

OPENING ADDRESS AND WELCOME REMARKS BY CHAIRPERSON

09:10

PANEL DISCUSSION | DISCUSSING FINANCING MODELS AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PORT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS - FINANCING THE FUTURE OF THE PORT & MARINE INDUSTRY

09:55

PRESENTATION SESSION | EMPOWERING GLOBAL TRADE THROUGH SMART PORTS INNOVATION

10:10

INDUSTRY INSIGHTS | INNOVATIONS IN PORT & MARINE DEVELOPMENT

10:40

PRESENTATION SESSION | DISCUSSING GLOBAL SHIPPING’S DECARBONISATION REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON PORTS AND MARINE

11:00

NETWORKING & COFFEE BREAK

11:30

PRESENTATION SESSION | ENHANCING DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY BY AUTOMATING PORTS

11:50

INDUSTRY SESSIONS | INNOVATIONS IN PORT & MARINE DEVELOPMENT

12:20

PANEL DISCUSSION | ENHANCING FLUIDITY OF TRADE & DECONGESTION OF MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICAN PORTS FOR SEAMLESS GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY

13:00

CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIRPERSON

14:00

NETWORKING LUNCHEON AND END OF CONFERENCE

KEY
THEMES

WHO WILL ATTEND?

Chiefs, Vice Presidents, General Managers, Directors, Heads, Project Managers, Engineers, Specialists, Developers, Consultants, Researchers from the following departments:  

INDUSTRIES:

SPONSOR & PARTNERS

WHY GET INVOLVED? 

Get In Front of Your Target Market

Get access to key stakeholders involved with port projects in the region and get insight into their plans to invest in new technologies and spot opportunities.

Raise Your Brand Awareness

Opportunity to position your brand as one of the leading companies in the sector to help stakeholders and project managers achieve their targets.

Increase Your Competitiveness

Learn about the challenges faced by the region’s key companies and identify how you can provide them with customized solutions to help them overcome them.

Generate Strong Leads

Learn about future requirements of port entities and companies and influence decision makers to stand a chance of being shortlisted.

SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Official Dredging Partner
Associate Sponsor
Associate Sponsor
Gold Sponsor
Industry Partner
Industry Partner
Strategic Partner
Strategic Partner
Strategic Partner
Official Logistics Partner

WHO SHOULD SPONSOR?

Solution providers offering the following

MEDIA PARTNERS

PARTNERSHIP MESSAGE

If you have a product or service that will be valuable to leading authorities and companies in the Middle East & Africa region, please contact us on partnerships@gmevents.ae to find out more about sponsorship packages and opportunities

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    The event will showcase the latest trends, innovations, and best practices driving port development initiatives across the Middle East and Africa. Participants can expect insightful discussions on sustainability, digitalization, automation, and infrastructure optimization strategies that are reshaping the port sector. Industry experts will share invaluable insights on navigating regulatory challenges, fostering strategic partnerships, and leveraging emerging technologies to enhance operational efficiency and productivity. Furthermore, the event will delve into the socioeconomic impact of port development on local communities, environmental conservation efforts, and the role of ports as critical nodes in the global supply chain. By fostering dialogue and collaboration among industry stakeholders, the forum aims to catalyse innovation, drive sustainable growth, and foster a conducive ecosystem for long-term development in the maritime sector.

    In conclusion, the Port Development Conference for the Middle East and Africa region offers a dynamic platform for fostering thought leadership, promoting collaboration, and charting the course for a sustainable and competitive port industry. As the region continues to play a pivotal role in global trade, this event serves as a linchpin for driving progress, catalysing innovation, and unlocking opportunities in the vibrant and evolving landscape of port development.

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