The Maritime Standard, the Dubai-based publisher and events organiser, has announced the programme for the fifth annual The Maritime Standard Ship Finance and Trade Conference. This event, which will be held on Wednesday 6th November at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi, has the topical and relevant overall theme of “Finding innovative solutions in a changing geopolitical and economic environment.”
The Director General of the UAE Federal Transport Authority (FTA) – Land and Maritime, H.E. Eng. Ahmed Mohamed Sharif Al Khoori, has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the event and will set out and number of important recent initiatives and future proposals from a governmental perspective. In addition, other keynote addresses will be given in the morning by Captain Mohammed Juma Al Shamsi, Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Captain Abdulkareem Al Masabi, Chief Executive of ADNOC Logistics & Services.
Trevor Pereira, Managing Director, says, “We are delighted that two such distinguished maritime executives have agreed to be our keynote speakers. With their experience and expertise in the business, they will be perfectly placed to set the scene for what promises to be a most interesting day of discussion and debate.”
Aimed at influential decision makers and opinion formers in the shipping, ports, ship finance and trade related business sectors, the one-day Conference will focus on the key issues facing the region as it seeks to develop trade related infrastructure and services. It will in particular assess how different financial solutions can help unlock barriers to greater levels of activity and how the maritime and financial sectors can better work together. This year there will also be coverage of several new areas, including rail and road transportation, in response to feedback from last year’s conference.
Session 1 in the morning will look at how companies can best take advantage of regional and global trade trends. Speakers will assess the changing world trade order, and key initiatives such as China’s One Belt, One Road programme. Other topics will include the volatility of global oil supply markets and the challenges and opportunities such trade patterns present, and whether the tanker shipping business can finally see light at the end of the tunnel after years of difficult market conditions. There will also be presentations on other shipping sectors and their regional prospects over the years to come.
After lunch speakers will assess how businesses can develop future proof business solutions, for example through mergers and acquisitions. Speakers will also assess how shipowners can attract investment, chart a course through challenging environmental issues and embrace new technology. It is also proposed to assess whether the financial services sector should be taking a longer term view of shipping and also at the opportunities presented by integration with multimodal rail and road transport.
The third and final session will look at “Breaking down the barriers to greater cooperation between the shipping and finance sectors.” This will include presentations by leading financial and banking sector experts on new financing tools, good practice in newbuilding finance, how Islamic Finance tools can be better adapted to meet today’s shipping industry requirements and the role of legal and insurance specialists in the financing process.
After each session there will be a chance to ask questions of the speakers and other invited panelists. There will also be a reception at the end of the day to allow for informal networking.
Registration for the conference is now open and sponsorship opportunities in connection with the event are also available. For more information, please call +971 4 380 5556 or visit the website: https://www.tms-shipfinanceandtrade.com/