The recently held Abu Dhabi Ports’ Annual Partners’ Forum discussed key issues facing the ports and shipping businesses, both regionally and globally. The yearly gathering brought together a wide range of stakeholders, partners and customers to debate some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the trade and logistics sectors. Participants included representatives from government entities, international businesses, UAE companies and trade organisations.
The latest edition of the forum also featured lively panel discussions on the role that innovation and smart port solutions can play in the trade and logistics sectors. Research conducted by Abu Dhabi Ports has shown that more than 70% of respondents believe that these sectors in the GCC are more prepared to incorporate automation and smart solutions compared to the global industry. It also confirmed that blockchain technology, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence are the top three innovations shaping the trade and logistics sectors.
Over the past few years, Abu Dhabi Ports has made significant strides in harnessing innovative digital solutions for trade and port communities. In 2018, it launched Silsal, a blockchain-based solution aimed at streamlining trade flows and supply chains. More recently, the company has partnered with Dell Technologies to explore ways to harness the most exciting technologies to make the future of maritime operations and services safer, more efficient, and more sustainable.