Hundreds of years before ‘Riverdance‘, an anonymous 14th Century Irish poet invited one and all to “Come Dance With Me in Ireland“.
We offer a similar invitation to FIATA and its member associations, and wish you “Cead Mile Failte” (A Hundred Thousand Welcomes) to this “Island off an Island” on the western edge of Europe. Our association recently celebrated its 50th year in existence and next year we will celebrate our 50th year as a member of FIATA. In keeping with the theme of the Conference in 2016 – ” Ireland: Where Networking Comes Naturally” – we are very keen to generate an enthusiasm for networking amongst freight forwarders who, at the same time, can enjoy the friendly atmosphere of our city and country. To this end we have joined with professional conference organizers Conference Partners.
Freight Forwarding began in Ireland in the mid 1920’s when Lep Transport set up operations in Dublin. There were some further local additions during the 1930’s but it was not until foreign direct investment in the 60s and 70s, that an upsurge in the number of freight forwarders took place. To-day, in spite of amalgamations over recent years our association has over 110 full trading members. Since the late 1970s training of staff members plays an important part in our activities. In fact, Certificates of Competence in Freight Forwarding were presented to successful participants of our freight forwarding course during the last FIATA Congress held in Dublin, in 1981.
Since 1995 we have been offering the FIATA validated Diploma in Freight Forwarding and our method of delivery has evolved to eLearning. This means that we are not confined to any particular area or time. Our education policy is to stay in line with developing technological advancements. We are confident that our combined efforts, allied with those of FIATA, will result in excellent networking opportunities for all attending delegates. Networking will serve as a core focus prior to and throughout the Congress program, from the exhibition to the tea and coffee breaks and from the gala dinner to the ancillary delegate options.
In recognition of information technology’s crucial role in freight forwarding and supply chain management, and Dublin is headquarters of leading IT firms such as Google, Facebook and Linked In, our plans include contributions from such firms aimed specifically at investigating how this technology can further enhance our industry’s contribution to world trade and commerce.
We look forward to the opportunity to wish you, a “Cead Mile Failte” to Dublin’s Fair City in 2016.