Global ports, key industry players and members of the International Association of Ports & Harbours (IAPH) will meet in the UAE capital from 19-20 March 2013, as the third annual edition of the World Ports & Trade Summit - held in strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) - brings the industry together to discuss the changing dynamics of seaborne trade development.

Taking place at the five-star St Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, the two-day summit agenda will deliver a hard-hitting programme of conference sessions designed to promote trade development, examine supply chain management systems and discuss port efficiency, with a number of exciting new panel discussions covering breakbulk, project cargo and heavy lift, waterborne tourism and marina development, as well as the introduction of a special Africa Focus.

An annual calendar event for global economists, port authorities, terminal operators, shipping companies, global cargo owners and investors, the two-day summit features a keynote session followed by five conference sessions giving delegates the chance to interact with the industry’s most authoritative figures and influential minds. The special Africa Focus has been added to the programme to provide delegates with keen insight into the mighty continent’s ports and harbours and the growth plans long-term.

In addition, the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) will hold its annual meeting on 18th March, just prior to the start of the World Ports & Trade Summit 2013, with ADPC hosting a reception for IAPH members. Complementary and supporting events rounding out the summit agenda include a dedicated Exhibition Zone where summit delegates can meet with a select number of handpicked exhibitors, and the annual gala awards dinner.