PFI Casablanca 2016: How ports connectivity and expansion is unlocking trade and economic growth
Returning to the Hotel Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche, Morocco for the 3rd year, PFI Casablanca will bring maritime, transport, infrastructure and industrial experts together to look at how Morocco is maintaining – and indeed enhancing - its position as a heavyweight hub for trade growth and logistics competitiveness in Africa. Port Finance International Casablanca 2016 will be held on Wednesday & Thursday 21 & 22 September at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche, the event organizer reports.
While transport within Africa itself is important, so is getting the continent connected to the rest of the world. That’s where gateways – such as ports and terminals - come in. Ports are by far the most important entry point to the African continent with most goods travelling by ship. With 20% of the world’s maritime traffic passing through their sea-lane, recent developments have once again reiterated Morocco’s leading position as a bridge between Europe and Africa. Hundreds of foreign companies – have been attracted to the region by a combination of its advantageous geopolitical position, low labour costs, strong education, attractive free trade zones, and logistic developments.
Across 2 days of plenary presentations, panel discussions, and keynote sessions, PFI Casablanca 2016 will place a spotlight on the developments in the region and Morocco’s position in all of this, by bringing together over 150 experts from all parts of this transport supply and value chain. PFI Casablanca will provide a platform for discussion, networking, business development and an exchange of learning and dialogue with potential partners and business contacts.
Topics that will be covered in 2016 include:
• Session 1: Assessing Morocco’s Position as a Sea-Bridge Between Europe and
• Session 2: Financing Efficient and Sustainable Transport and Infrastructure Hubs
• Session 3: From the Ground Up – Balancing Risk Throughout the Lifecycle of a Port
• Session 4: Trade and Transport Facilitation Assessment
• Session 5: Beyond the Cloud - How Smart Technology is Transforming the Ports Environment
• Session 6: Port Efficiency – The Role of Logistics and the Supply Chain
• H.E. Ms. Karen Betts, British Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco and non-resident Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania - (Morocco)
• Lamia Kerdjoudj-Belkaid, Secretary General, FEPORT (Federation of European Private Port Operators and Terminals) - (Morocco)
• Sanae El Amrani, Head of Planning And Finance Division, Directorate of Ports and Maritime Public Domain - (Morocco)
• Rohan Mittal, Director - Infrastructure and Transport Advisory, PwC - (India)
• Elad Levi, Business Performance and Finance Manager, APM Terminals Tangier - (Morocco)
• Younes Lamarti, Directeur General, SDV Maroc /Bollore Africa Logistics - (Morocco)
• Mohammed Adnane Ouzzine, Financial Adviser, Morocco’s Ministry of Economy and Finance - (Morocco)
• Gavin Dow, General Manager - Strategy & Business Development, Modern Terminals - (Hong Kong)
• Mustapha Mourahib, Managing Partner, Clifford Chance International LLP - (Morocco)
• Romain Py, Executive Head of Transactions, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) - (France)
• Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT - (United Kingdom)
• Mark A. Trevitt, Director Ports & Terminals Underwriting, IGI - (United Kingdom)
• Max J. Bobys : Vice President, Global Strategies, HudsonAnalytix, Inc. - (United States)
• Jorge Torrent : CEO, Portel Servicios Telematicos S.A - (Spain)
• Olaf Merk, Administrator Ports and Shipping, International Transport Forum (ITF) at OECD - (France)
• Jalal Benhayoun, General Manager, PortNet - (Morocco)
• Aziz Mantrach, APRAM - (Morocco)
• Tarik Maaouni, CIO, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP) - (Morocco)
• Ahmed Loukili, Vice President, ACOPM - (Morocco)
• Dr. Mustapha El Khayat, President, AMLOG - (Morocco) Accredited members of the press are invited to attend free of charge.