Emirates SkyCargo Hosts Air Freight Discussion at MC13

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Emirates SkyCargo recently hosted discussions on the latest developments in logistics and world trade, as well as the challenges faced by global supply chains, on the sidelines of the 13th World Trade Organisation Ministerial Conference (WTO MC13). The UAE Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) hosted the conference in the UAE capital. The event brought together top leaders from various industries to provide a macro-view of global logistics challenges, opportunities, and untapped potential.

The event, entitled “Security, Sustainability and Digitalisation: A New Era for Trade and Cargo,” was organised by Economist Impact and delved into the patterns of modern trade that see trillions of dollars worth of goods move across the world every day. The conference explored the impact of geopolitical disruption, the growing demand for sustainable solutions, the intersection of technology and security, and the critical requirements for robust, resilient supply chains underpinned by air freight.

His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade and MC13 Chair, commented on the event’s central themes, saying that it has become paramount to embrace new technologies to improve supply-chain efficiency and sustainability. He added that by leveraging the new generation of trade tech tools, we have the opportunity to not only strengthen global supply chains but also make them more efficient and able to contribute to our efforts to combat climate change.

The conference featured a keynote speech by Simon Evenett, a world-renowned expert on trade and Professor at Switzerland’s University of St Gallen, followed by a fireside conversation moderated by Elizabeth Mackey, Senior Manager, New Globalisation, Economist Impact. A panel of industry leaders from some of the world’s biggest and most reputable organisations also discussed the outlook of global trade. Panellists included Marion Jansen, Director of the Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Pierre Sauve, Senior Trade Specialist from the World Bank; Lisa Schroeter, Global Director of Trade and Investment Policy, Dow Chemical; and Nabil Sultan, Emirates SkyCargo’s Divisional Senior Vice President for the past decade.

As the cargo arm of Emirates, the world’s largest international airline, Emirates SkyCargo has been a leading facilitator of global trade for almost four decades, giving the airline a comprehensive perspective on the cyclical peaks and troughs of trade patterns. Guided by Dubai’s Economic Agenda, D33, which defines the city’s vision of becoming a prominent economic hub, the airline works to improve trade flows and generate new, reciprocal business opportunities that help strengthen global economies by adding new and unique destinations to its vast network of over 140 destinations.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) is the only international organisation dealing with the global rules of trade. It aims to ensure that trade flows as smoothly, predictably and freely as possible. The Ministerial Conference (MC), which convenes every two years, is the uppermost decision-making body of the WTO. It brings together high-level decision-makers from around the world to review and rule on the multilateral trade system. The recently concluded MC13 was hosted by the UAE Ministry of Economy and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) and was held at ADNEC Abu Dhabi from 26 – 29 February.

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