The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) will host the "Qatar Maritime and Logistics Summit 2020" (QMLS 2020) under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel on February 18 and 19.

The event is organised by Mwani Qatar as a strategic partner in co-operation with Lloyd’s List.

“The international summit, which is held for the first time in Qatar, comes within the framework of the Ministry of Transport and Communications’ strategic plan aimed to transform Qatar into a vital commercial and logistical hub in the region,” a ministry release said.

The high-level event will bring together senior experts from the global maritime sector as well as Qatar to discuss industry-wide, long-term challenges and opportunities as well as a number of important topics such as trade, global trends, port development, financing, technology, digital security, cybersecurity, safety, security and sustainability and many other topics related to shipping, port and logistics sectors.

By hosting the global event, the MoTC seeks to promote Qatar’s ports and logistics sectors to keep pace with growth and benefit from global experiences in these fields, strengthening Qatar's position on the global maritime transport map, as well as boosting Hamad Port's commercial share in the region and the world, especially after the great success it has achieved within a short period of operation.

In its first edition, the Qatar Maritime and Logistics Summit will focus on the challenges that the maritime transport, port and logistics sectors facing between 2020 and 2030.

With a focus on transportation, the summit will establish expectations for a logistics sector in transition, and a realignment of the maritime sector with these expectations. The next decade is likely to see a closer alignment of the maritime and logistics sectors.

This alignment will coincide with two trends of global significance that will increasingly shape the decisions taken about investment in the infrastructure needed to keep maritime and logistics businesses active. These trends are, firstly, a deeper concern for sustainability — most obviously in the need to protect a vulnerable environment — and, second, a keener perception of the impact of next-generation technologies on the world of work, particularly related to transportation.

The QMLS 2020 will include 15 topics spread across four sessions, all scheduled over two days of high-level networking and interaction, identifying which trends are likely to have the greatest impact on transportation in the Middle East region and world-wide, and how swiftly key players will need to act on these trends to stay in business.

The summit’s first session will address Qatar Energy 2020-'30 and the Gulf energy, transport and sustainability challenges. In the second session the expert speakers will discuss global logistics trends and sustainability through the supply chain, safety through the supply chain 2020-30 and how best safety practice can flow through the supply chain.

Sessions three and four will feature topics about liner shipping between 2020 and 2030, digital logistics and cyber security and how port businesses add value to become a critical node in the transport network.

On the last day of the event, the participants will have the opportunity to visit Hamad Port and explore its facilities, sates of development and the cutting-edge technology that port has features.

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