The industry's 'must-attend' event: FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016

Published: Thursday, October 6, 2016

FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016 has announced that KunioMikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), will be a guest of honour for the opening ceremony of Congress on 5 October 2016.

The city of Dublin, Ireland plays host to the FIATA 2016 World Congress which attracts up to 1,000 delegates and will take place this year from October 3 – 8 at the iconic Convention Centre Dublin (CCD). Ireland’s industry representative body, the Irish International Freight Association (IIFA), is the local event organiser in co-operation with FIATA.

FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016 is an opportunity for C-suite executives and business owners from the global forwarding and logistics industry to gather in a single location for knowledge sharing, international networking and business development.

With over 40,000 forwarding and logistics member firms in FIATA, employing 10 million people in over 150 countries, the global forward and logistics industry plays a vital role in supporting economic activity around the world.

“FIATA members are the unseen and unsung heroes that enable global trade and individual economies to function smoothly day in and day out. We are particularly delighted that MrKunio-Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO) will participate at the opening of Congress in Dublin. Ireland first hosted the FIATA World Congress in 1981 and it is a great honour to formally invite members worldwide to visit Dublin in 2016 and participate in the industry’s annual showcase event,” commented Tom Thornton, President of IIFA.

Key themes for FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016 include anti-corruption, competition compliance, customs and borders, innovation, multi-modal, regulation and security. There is a focus also on new technologies and Congress has attracted a number of software and technological partners.

In addition, the Regional Leaders Dialogue is organised along the traditional lines of Africa / Middle East; Americas; Asia Pacific; and Europe. In parallel to the official program, a social program is being organized for both delegates and partners.

New speakers confirmed

Meanwhile, FIATA World Congress 2016 announced an updated speaker program for this year’s congress. Over 30 global speakers are expected to share their innovate ideas and offer insightful opinions on topics of global relevance affecting freight transport, logistics and inter-national trade.

Keynote speakers on the opening day of the conf-erence on October 5 include Denis Ilin, Executive President of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, and Umberto de Pretto, Secretary General of the International Road Transport Union, who will address Congress on the subject of ‘Working Smart – World Solutions to traders’.

The opening day’s conference will then break into simultaneous Regional Leaders’ Dialogue sessions, representing Africa/ Middle-East, Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe, before concluding with FIATA’s Advisory Body Legal Matters session, featuring speakers Scott Megregian, Partner, K & L Gates, and Jake Storey, Strategic Advisor – Maritime Initiatives, Other confirmed speakers include Susanne Aigner, Head of Unit Customs Legislation at the European Commission, with responsibility for the EU’s customs code and general legislation in this area, and DoniaHammami, Taxation, Customs and Trade Facilitation Policy Manager at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). They will speak at the session entitled, ‘Marking thoughtful policy choices: the Custom Affairs Institute (CAI) guides you through trade facilitation.’ This session will be guest moderated by Josephine Feehily, past Chairperson of Irish Revenue Commissioners and currently Chairperson of the Irish Policing Authority.

Innovation in technology is also up for discussion in the ‘Meet the experts: Managing technology with the advice of the FIATA Advisory Body Information Technology’ session which will feature Oliver Evans, from Matternet, who will speak about Drone Logistics.