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2016 FIATA World Congress Dublin confirms new speakers

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FIATA World Congress 2016 is delighted to announce an updated speaker programme as the countdown continues to this year’s Congress in Dublin, Ireland from October 3 – 8. Over 30 global Speakers will share their innovate ideas and offer insightful opinions on topics of global relevance affecting freight transport, logistics and international trade.

Keynote speakers on the opening day of the conference on October 5 include Robert Van de Weg, Senior Vice President Sales 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, TRACE International Ltd.

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 Donia Hammami, 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.

FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016 previously announced that Mr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), would be the guest of honour for the opening ceremony of Congress. Aligning with the Congress theme of Where Networking Comes Naturally, Ruth Waring of Labyrinth Logistics Consulting Ltd will speak about effective networking during the Opening Ceremony.

Important events will run right through the Congress. Day 3 will see particular significance as the public signature of the cooperation agreement on a new jointly-managed air cargo program between FIATA and IATA will take place during the Air Fright Institute session. Following this public signature there will be a few words to mark the occasion, given by the FIATA President and the CEO of IATA.

Key themes for Congress this year include competition compliance, customs and borders, innovation, multi-modal, regulation and security. There is also a focus on new technologies and Congress has attracted a number of software and technological partners who will exhibit in parallel which will be of interest to those firms seeking efficiencies and / or migration to the Cloud.

Commenting; Tom Thornton, President of Irish International Freight Association, said:

“FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016 will cover a range of important topics and issues of concern for our members and delegates. It is a wonderful opportunity for C-suite executives and business owners from the global forwarding and logistics industry to meet for knowledge sharing, networking and business development.”

For further information on the FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016 speaker programme please see http://fiata2016.org/speaker/ or for registration please see http://fiata2016.org/register/.


 

Ireland issues invitation to FIATA World Congress 2016

WCO Secretary General to open Congress in Dublin

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The Convention Centre Dublin, venue for the 2016 FIATA World Congress Dublin

FIATA World Congress Dublin 2016 is delighted to announce that Mr Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary General of the World Customs Organisation (WCO), will be a guest of honour for the opening ceremony of Congress on October 5.

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 multi-award winning and 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.

Commenting; Tom Thornton, President of IIFA said:

“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 Mr Kunio 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. Those delegates who have never been to Dublin can expect a warm and hospitable embrace from our capital city.”

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Paddy Kenny, Chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the 2016 FIATA World Congress Dublin, Tom Thornton, President of Irish International Freight Association and Seamus Kavanagh, Executive Officer of Irish International Freight Association

Announcements on other distinguished guests and speakers will be made in due course, according to 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 who will exhibit in parallel which will be of interest to those firms seeking efficiencies and / or migration to the Cloud.

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 programme, a social programme is being organised for both delegates and partners. There are few places on the planet more sociable than Dublin, replete with traditional Irish pubs, literary trails, museums and surrounding countryside activities including golf at the K Club, home of the 2006 Ryder Cup.

Early bird ticket discounts are available for sale until 30 June 2016. For further information please see http://fiata2016.org/register/

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The Enthusiastic Promotion of FIATA 2016

The enthusiastic promotion of the 2016 FIATA World Congress Dublin continues. In recent months, Representatives have travelled to Zurich, Switzerland, San Antonio, Texas, USA and to locations throughout Ireland and the United Kingdom in order to spread the message.

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L to R; Seamus Kavanagh, FIATA Director General Marco Sorgetti, Paddy Kenny, William Cress and Tom Thornton

FIATA host spring meetings each March at their headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. These meetings are attended by FIATA National Association representatives. A delegation from Ireland attended this event to participate in the different sessions and also to promote the FIATA World Congress to the assembled 239 participants from 51 countries. IIFA Executive Officer Seamus Kavanagh made two presentations during the weekend event. The first and most important was to the full assembled audience and focused on the highlights of Dublin City as an attraction for the Congress. He also encouraged all regular FIATA World Congress attendees to consider inviting a new colleague to join them in Dublin later this year, so that more Forwarders can experience what a FIATA World Congress is really about.

tiaThe present Secretary General of FIATA, Mr. Robert Voltman, is the CEO of the Transport Intermediaries Association of America. In order to promote FIATA’s interests in his home country, Mr. Voltman invited IIFA President Mr. Tom Thornton and IIFA Executive Officer Seamus Kavanagh to attend the TIA Capital Ideas Conference and Exhibition, held in San Antonio, Texas between 6th – 9th April 2016. IIFA showcased the FIATA World Congress in Dublin through networking at various sessions but primarily as part of the Exhibition Area of the TIA Conference. With over 1200 representatives from North America, Canada and Mexico in attendance, the team worked hard to make their mark on the event. Many Delegates could be seen adding promotional Irish shamrocks to their suits and Congress lanyards and significant interest was expressed in forming a TIA delegation to attend the FIATA World Congress in Dublin.

Closer to home, the Irish International Freight Association is working with fellow industry interest groups to promote the Congress to Delegates throughout Ireland. The Irish Exporters Association are facilitating IIFA with time to promote the Congress at its various shows and events throughout Ireland. IIFA have spoken at Supply Chain Ireland events nation-wide and also at strategic meetings with key stakeholder representatives.

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Irish Exporters Association Supply Chain Ireland event in Waterford, Ireland

Over the next few weeks, IIFA’s will continue international promotion of the Congress, both directly and with our International Partners. IIFA will travel to the Multi-Modal Exhibition show on Wednesday 11th May 2016. FIATA’s Regional Group for the Africa/ Middle East Region (RAME) will host a Field Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 19th – 22nd May 2016. Over 400 Delegates from the region are expected to attend the Field Meeting and IIFA’s FIATA partners will make presentations and promote the 2016 Dublin Congress at that event. On 7th June 2016, IIFA will speak at the British International Freight Association’s Northern Ireland regional meeting to update North of Ireland Forwarders on the Congress.

The FIATA World Congress is a truly global event, bringing together representatives from all continents. Delegates attend these events each year in order to learn new skills from the World’s best Speakers, to update themselves on important issues effecting the industry, and to expand their business networks and opportunities by establishing connections with a global audience of like-minded individuals. To register, please visit www.fiata2016.org where an early bird registration rate is open until 30th June 2016.


Networking comes naturally at FIATA 2016

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The theme and focus of FIATA 2016 is “where networking comes naturally” as we realise that the largest conference in the world should be an ideal opportunity to forge new partnerships on a global scale.

October 3rd, Networking opportunities commence on the first day of the conference with early casual meet and greet in one of the Dublin’s most famous and iconic pubs, the Ferryman.

On October 4th there is a golf outing to one of Europe’s finest champion courses, the K Club. CNN recently voted the K Club as one of the top ten golf courses in the world; which hosted the very prestigious Ryder Cup in 2007. It is also located a mere 35km from Dublin City centre, a 30 minute coach ride for lucky delegates. This is not only a great opportunity to play one of the finest golf courses in the world but also to rekindle old friendships and meet like minded freight professionals from all over the world.

For those who are not avid golfers we have organised a visit to the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience ‘Titanic Belfast’. There are over nine interactive galleries where you will be given an opportunity to walk the decks, explore the shipyard and get a vivid experience of what it was like to be on this iconic and tragic ship before she set sail on her maiden voyage.

On the evening of October 4th you are invited to a ‘Dublin Literary Pub Crawl’ where you get to tour world famous pubs of Dublin where Ireland’s most famous writers and poets once frequented. These included James Joyce, Brendan Behan, Samuel Beckett and William Butler Yeats.

The world congress will have a series of exciting and expert speakers giving pertinent talks on current hot topics in the international freight forwarding industry from October 5th to October 8th. Built into the programme schedule are a number of slots specifically dedicated to networking. For example on October 5th, lunch and networking will take place from 13.00 to 14.15 and there is another networking opportunity from 16.15 to 16.45. Again at 19.00 there will be a welcome reception combined with 90th anniversary festivities, where you will not only enjoy the best in Irish culture but will ample opportunity to make new connections for your business.

On October 6th we have a networking hall sectioned off for a full 8.5hours from 9.30am to 6pm. From 19.00 we have organised more top class Irish entertainment from 19.00 to 22.30. October 7th follows a similar schedule with the famous Gala Banquet taking place from 20.00.

Where networking comes naturally is not only a marketing strap line but will be a reality for the FIATA World Congress 2016 where you will have ample opportunity to make important connections as your business grows into the future.

 


Visitor Attractions

The Guinness Storehouse

guinnessThere are an array of visitor attractions in Dublin including the home of Guinness, the Guinness storehouse where will find out everything you need to know about the creamy pint and even enjoy a pint of Guinness in the world famous ‘Gravity bar’.There are an array of visitor attractions in Dublin including the home of Guinness, the Guinness storehouse where will find out everything you need to know about the creamy pint and even enjoy a pint of Guinness in the world famous ‘Gravity bar’.

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The Book of Kells

Another major attraction, which is only a short way from the convention centre is the Book of Kells, which was written in 800AD by Irish monks. The book of Kells is located in Trinity College, Dublin. The Welcome Reception for the 2016 FIATA World Congress will be held in Trinity College on Wednesday 5th October 2016 so why not arrive early and take in this world renowned attraction?

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Kilmainham Gaol

Another huge visitor attraction is Kilmainham Gaol, which is the largest unoccupied jail in Ireland or the UK. Many of Ireland’s most famous patriots and politicians spent period s incarceration in this jail between 1796 and 1924, including Robert Emmet, Charles steward Parnell. Kilmainham Gaol is a short taxi ride from Dublin’s Convention Centre (location of the FIATA World Congress 2016).

To read more about the Kilmainham, please click here

 

During the course of the Congress there are a number of interesting events happening and include:
Dublin Theatre Festival (October 3rd – 8th) – various locations including the Olympia theatre – less than 10 minute taxi ride from the convention centre (on until 16th October)
www.dublintheatrefestival.com

 


 

Fiata 2016 Early Bird Registration Open

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Register for the FIATA 2016 World Congress Dublin now and save approximately 10% on registration fees.

As a participating delegate you will not only receive a 10% discount on standard ticket prices but you will also

  • Have full access to conference sessions
  • Receive a free conference pack
  • Access to the Congress Networking sessions
  • Access to the Exhibition Area

Included in the participating delegate fee, you will be invited to attend

  • The official Welcome Reception in Trinity College Dublin
  • A unique and memorable night of Irish Culture
  • The Congress Gala Dinner

Early Bird standard participating delegate tickets cost €850 (you save €91 per delegate!)
Early Bird standard Under 35 delegate tickets cost €553 (you save €59 per delegate!)

Join us in Dublin to network with international executives from across the freight, transport and distributions industries and to experience a social programme of the best of Irish culture.

Note: Early bird registration closes on the 30th June 2016 at 5pm