SIXTY renowned speakers are expected to address the ninth Asian Logistics and Maritime Conference (ALMC),
an annual signature event for the industries jointly organised by the
Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and
the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), to be held November
The two-day conference themed "Connect
and Innovate: Navigating Challenging Times" will focus on three key
areas - Asian connectivity, e-commerce customer experience, and
logistics technology. More than 60 luminaries from the logistics and
maritime sectors will share their insights at the conference to be held
at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), the
organisers said in a statement.
Key activities include the two plenary sessions. The topic of the
plenary on day one of the conference is "Where Opportunity Knocks - Asia
Supply Chain Wedged Between Challenging Geopolitics".
"With trade disputes and uncertainties ongoing around the globe, the
logistics industry needs to adjust its strategy. A panel of leading
logistics service providers and key international economists will share
their views on how Asia can catch up and play a larger global role,"
according to the statement.
The plenary session on the second day is entitled "Keeping the Customer
'King' in the E-commerce Arena". Experts from e-commerce services and
express services providers, an online sales platform and an innovative
start-up will share their strategies for driving improvements in supply
chain management and strengthening customer relationships, in addition
to offering forecasts for upcoming industry trends.
A new session, InnoTalks, has been added to the conference this year,
inviting experts to discuss the application of new technologies such as
artificial intelligence (AI), robotics automation and smart supply
chains to the logistics industry.
The new MarketTalks session will invite industry representatives from
India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan to share updated market
information, helping to shed light on how shippers - especially those
engaged in the food and beverage and textile industries - can overcome
the difficulties they encounter when conducting overseas trade.
Another new session, Market Clinic, will invite four local logistics
associations' representatives, as well as industry elites from Malaysia,
Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam, to provide complimentary one-on-one
logistics consultation services for participants.
Apart from the plenary sessions, other forums will cover a range of
topical issues relating to the airfreight and supply chain management
and logistics as well as maritime industries. Topics to be covered
include cold-chain logistics, smart logistics, and the digital
transformation of airfreight.
Canadian National Railway (CN) will hold a regional forum for the fourth
time, discussing the Asian region's seamless collaboration with North
American ports and railways.
The Port & Logistics Office of the People's Government of Sichuan
Province will hold another regional forum to discuss how intermodal
transport can draw the world closer and promote global trade.
Among the speakers are: executive chairman of Wah Kwong Maritime
Transport Holdings Limited, Hing Chao; Frank Coles, CEO, Wallem Group;
Andrea Gruber, head, special cargo, International Air Transport
Association (IATA); Jean-Marie Guerin, CCO, ANJI-CEVA Logistics Co, Ltd;
Captain Bjorn Hojgaard, CEO, Anglo-Eastern Univan Group; Wilson Kwong,
CE, Hactl; and Gabriel Lagunes, general manager, Asia, Canadian National