All times displayed for Asia/Riyadh timezone.

Keynote Ministerial Opening Address
10:05 - 10:15
Regulatory Address
10:15 - 10:25
Industry Address
10:25 - 10:35
Keynote Session: At the Heart: The Powerhouse, The Hub
10:35 - 12:00

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
Infrastructure, Logistics and Supply Chain Development
12:30 - 13:30
  • 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
14:30 - 15:30
  • 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
  • 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