THIS year's Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference (ALMAC) in Hong Kong is expected to attract more than 14,000 overseas and regional participants from the logistics, maritime, air freight and supply chain management sectors.
The two-day event to be held on Novmber22-23 is a flagship event of Hong Kong Maritime Week will runs between November 20-26.
Similar to last year, this year's ALMAC will also be held in a hybrid format - with both physical and online elements. It's organised by the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board and supported by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
The conference theme is "The Future of the Sustainable Supply Chain: Connectivity -Collaboration-Innovation". The participants from 50 countries and regions will examine issues faced by global businesses, such as the new normal supply chain, current challenges, opportunities through international and regional collaboration and future direction of sustainable development.
In an interview with Hong Kong Shipping Gazette, Dr Patrick Lau, HKTDC deputy executive director, said: "The disruption to supply chain and logistics since pandemic times has made the matter of logistics very significant to the overall business and operation of all enterprises, even the CEOs need to know about this.
"This is where the Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference (ALMAC) comes in, being an annual gathering of all the thought leaders in the air, maritime, logistics and supply chain management sectors as well as shippers and renowned brands."
He said the conference will also explore the opportunities through supply chain integration in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Furthermore," we will look at supply chain sustainability, intermodal connectivity, smart supply chain, logistics automation and sustainability".
Close to 90 speakers from international logistics companies and renowned brands will speak in person or virtually in this year's ALMAC.
The conference will kick off with an address by the Hong Kong Chief Executive, John Lee.
The keynote address will be delivered by Xiangchen Zhang, deputy-director general, World Trade Organization. In addition, senior representatives from Cathay Pacific, CMA CGM, DB Schenker, DHL Express, Kerry Logistics, Maersk, OOCL, and UPS .etc, as well as renowned brands and shippers including Opal Cosmetics Group, Swire Coca-Cola and eBay, will also be on stage to exchange latest market intelligence and insights with our audiences.
Debuting on the second day (November23) of ALMAC, The NEW Shippers' Forum will feature e-commerce giant eBay to discuss on the latest fulfilment trends and the best practices for delivering reliable and agile fulfilment solutions that shape the future development of e-commerce. The session will inspire participants, particularly SMEs, in enhancing their online businesses.
"ALMAC 2022 is an event you definitely do not want to miss," Dr Lau stressed.