patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince
of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, Dubai Maritime Agenda 2017 has
begun preparations to host a line-up of international speakers to explore the
future of the maritime sector in adherence with local and nationwide efforts to
prepare for a ‘post oil economy.’
The strategic platform of Dubai Maritime
Agenda 2017 scheduled to take place in Dubai on October 10, 2017, an eminent
group of maritime figures will discuss global developments and review Dubai’s
achievements aimed at enhancing the role of the maritime sector as a vital
pillar of national economic diversification, in line with Dubai Plan 2021.
The invited international speakers will be led
by Clive Aston, London Maritime Arbitration Association; Nijoe Joseph, Partner,
Stephenson Harwood Middle East LLP; Dipak Karki, Head of Financial Advisory
& Capital at Galbraith’s Limited; Sergey Popravko, CEO, SCF Management
Services; and Mark Williams, Managing Partner, Affinity Research LLP.
profile personalities will be on the panel for discussions which will be
moderated by journalist and broadcaster Todd Benjamin.
will include Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, Executive Director, Vancouver
International Maritime Centre; Mark Beer OBE, Co-Chief Executive and Registrar
General, DIFC Courts; Arthur Bowring MH, Hong Kong Maritime Arbitration Group
(HKMAG); Rene Kofod-Olsen, CEO, Topaz Energy and Marine; Oskar Levander,
Vice-President Innovation, Engineering & Technology – Marine, Rolls-Royce
Plc; Marcus Machin CEO, Tufton Oceanic (Middle East) Ltd; Panos G. Moraitis,
CEO, Aspida; Edward Newitt, Executive Committee, Emirates Maritime Arbitration
Centre (EMAC); Stephan Piworus, Senior Vice President, Identec Solutions; and
Robert G. Shaw, President, Society of Maritime Arbitrators.
Executive Director of DMCA emphasized that the platform will see constructive
dialogue about the global maritime sector under the continued support and
generous patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
“Dubai Maritime Agenda has become a leading international platform, bringing
together a number of elite influential international dignitaries, leading
regional and international experts, decision-makers and maritime leaders to
review in-depth insights on the role of the maritime industry as a major
contributor to the growth of the global economy. The agenda provides an ideal
platform for highlighting Dubai’ position as a major player in the advancement
of the local and global maritime industry based on the pillars of creativity,
technological innovation, excellence, training and human investment. We look
forward to hosting the first event of its kind in the Middle East, which will
constitute a milestone in our efforts to explore the future of technology,
legislation and training.”
supports the DMCA’s commitment to translate the objectives of the Dubai
Maritime Sector Strategy, which are focused on enhancing the competitiveness of
the local maritime cluster, creating a favorable marine environment for foreign
investments that would further enhance the role of the maritime sector in
economic diversification to make Dubai one of the most prestigious maritime
capitals in the world. The second edition is drawing international attention
with its focus on various key issues such as the exploration of the future of
the maritime sector, with a particular emphasis on advanced technology and
emerging innovations such as 3D printing, automated ships and smart
transformation, among others, to further develop a sustainable and integrated
maritime sector at both the regional and international levels,” he concluded.
Maritime Agenda 2017 will help promote excellence and innovation in the
maritime sector, as it provides an ideal platform for enhancing effective
communication channels between regional and international maritime authorities.
Its agenda will begin with panel discussions on ‘Global Outlook for Shipping,’
‘Safely Sailing the High Seas – Reducing the Legal Risks’ and ‘Future of
Shipping Technology.’ Among the topics to be discussed are 3D printing, energy
and automated ships. Finance for shipping in the next decade and the role of
shipping banks will also be discussed, in addition to Maritime Clustering
(collaboration or competition), during which representatives of some of the
world’s leading international maritime hubs will shed light on the
opportunities and challenges related to the competitive and collaborative
relationship among the global maritime capitals.
Maritime Agenda 2017 will highlight Dubai’s role as an influential power in
shaping the future of the maritime industry both regionally and globally, as a
leading hub for maritime innovation in the world. The agenda of the next
edition will highlight the outstanding maritime achievements and the major
initiatives under the umbrella of the DMCA. It will also reflect DMCA’s efforts
to make Dubai one of the world’s top maritime hubs.