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Keynote Ministerial Opening Address
10:15 - 10:25
Minister of Transport
​​The Ministry of Transport - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Industry Address
10:25 - 10:35
Chief Executive Officer
Presentation of Awards
10:35 - 10:50
Minister of Transport
​​The Ministry of Transport - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Keynote Session: At the Heart: The Powerhouse, The Hub
10:50 - 11:50
Vice Governor
General Customs Authority, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Vision 2030 is a plan to deliver a complete transformation of the Saudi economy, reducing its dependence on oil exports.  The growth and diversification will be achieved through a range of measures, including maximising the value capture from its massive energy sector through refining and chemicals manufacture, unlocking the potential of the non-oil sector in areas such as mining, manufacturing and retail, and positioning the Kingdom as a global logistics hub.

This keynote session will discuss the principal features of the plan and their implications

  • A growing contribution from the private sector to the national economy
  • Foreign direct investment opportunities in the Kingdom
  • Increasing employment opportunities for Saudi Arabia’s growing young demographic and the goal of nationalization through Nitaqat
  • Further integration of the KSM into the regional and global economies as a hub connecting three continents
  • The role of Saudi Customs in Vision 2030

H.E. Eng. Saad Bin Abdulaziz Alkhalb, President, MAWANI Saudi Ports Authority
H.E. Ahmed Alhakbani, Governor, General Customs Authority, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Eng. Abdullah Aldubaikhi, Chief Executive Officer, Bahri

Session moderator:
Musaad A. Aldrees, Vice President, Shared Services and Business Support, MAWANI Saudi Ports Authority

Industry Address
11:50 - 12:00
Director of Maritime Business Development
International Forum for Maritime Transport, AAST
Infrastructure, Logistics and Supply Chain Development
12:30 - 13:30
General Manager
SAFEEN, Abu Dhabi Ports
Chief Executive Officer
Red Sea Gateway Terminal (RSGT)
Partner, Head of Transport & Insurance
Al Tamimi & Company
Chief Executive Officer
King Abdullah Port
Vice President India, Middle East and Africa
Kalmar Middle East DMCC
  • Saudi Arabia’s key strategic location in the development of North/South trade
  • Expansion and modernisation: a  blueprint for the future
  • Port investment strategies for the new economic cities
  • Public/private partnership for the ports sector
Harnessing Smart Technology and Automation
13:30 - 14:30
Partner, Head of MEA International Trade & Transportation
Clyde & Co
CEO and General Manager, Hutchison Port, Dammam
International Port Services Co Ltd
Director, Business Development
ABS Advanced Solutions
Industry Value Principal, MENA Seaports & Logistics
SAP Middle East & North Africa LLC
  • The adoption of digital technology for the maritime and supply chain sectors
  • Automation in Saudi ports. The scale and pace of adoption
  • The need for a secure cyber environment for the logistics sector
  • Ensuring compatibility between ports and carriers in their adoption of digital technology
Regulation and Sustainability
15:30 - 16:30
Bahri Ship Management
Manager Business Development Middle East
DNV GL AS, Dubai Branch
Station Manager
Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS), Fujairah Port
  • The importance of green issues in the 2030 plan
  • How the industry in the region is preparing to meet the 2020 sulphur deadline
  • Marine fuel options and the role of LNG
  • Saudi Arabia’s role as a major maritime player on the global stage