The Airport, Port & Transport Security Middle East (APTS ME) conference and exhibition 2006, will have a dedicated conference focussing on the Supply Chain Security sector.
To be held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai from April 3 – 4, APTS ME will bring together top global and regional security experts to discuss crucial topics affecting the aviation, maritime and transport sectors. These include Passenger Screening at a High Traffic Airport, Cargo Screening – Innovation and Best Practice; Securing Gulf Ports; and Maritime Security Priorities – The view from the Shippers.
The new Supply Chain Security conference stream will discuss the Role of Customs in Enhancing Supply Chain Security. It will also hear case studies on Supply Chain Security in Europe – Using Future Technologies to Improve Transport and Logistics Security and The Effectiveness of C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) in Securing the Supply Chain.
“Supply Chain Security (SCS) has become an important component of business and the lack of an adequate SCS program can significantly impact business,” said David Wood, Managing Director, International Business Events (IBE) Ltd.
“The Middle East logistics industry, according to industry forecasts, is expected to grow at over 25% annually.
“The region is an important global trading hub with the UAE being the world’s third most important re-export centre. It needs to ensure the safety and security of goods that are transported through its ports and other terminals.
“The Supply Chain Security conference stream has been added to highlight the latest global developments, in securing the transport sector, to industry professionals.”
APTS ME 2006 will be hosted by the Department of Civil Aviation, Government of Dubai and will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Department of Civil Aviation, Dubai and Chairman, Emirates Group. HH Sheikh Ahmed will deliver a welcome address at the event.
The confex, this year, has the official support of the leading industry associations and government bodies including Bahrain International Airport and the Bahrain Ministry of Interior, Sharjah International Airport and Fujairah Airport.
“The exhibition has recorded a 70% year on year growth with over 50 international exhibitors signed up for the event. And more than 70 regional and international experts have signalled their participation in the conferences,” said Wood.
Some of the key local and regional speakers at the event include Mohammed Thanir Al Kaabi, Acting Airport Director, Bahrain International Airport, Lt. Col. Maher Ahmed Abdul Rehman Bu-Ali – Director Airport Security, Ministry of Interior, Bahrain; and Khalid Al Mazroui, General Manager, Department of Civil Aviation, Fujairah Airport.
The conference will feature keynote speeches on Maritime Security Excellence in the Middle East; New Perspectives on Aviation Security in the Middle East; Civil Aviation and International Security Priorities; Co-ordination of Security Initiatives to Enhance Middle East Carriers’ Security; The Nature of the Threat: Terrorism and ‘New’ Threats to Security and International Counter Terrorism Strategy.
Other key topics to be addressed during the two-day event include Policing and Airport, Port and Border Security in the Middle East; Border Security – Best Practice, Latest Developments and International Co-operation; e-borders and introducing the e-Passport and a panel discussion on Biometrics – Implementation of Biometric Technology and Enhancing Security.
APTS ME is also supported by DP World, Emirates, Dubai Shipping Agents Association, Arab Air Carriers Organisation and UK Trade & Investment.About APTS MEOrganised by International Business Events, now in its 2nd year, APTS ME is the region’s leading aviation, maritime and transport security event. APTS ME provides the industry with a much needed opportunity to network, debate and exchange ideas on best practice and up-to-the-minute innovations, as well as giving security professionals the chance to experience for themselves the latest products, services and solutions available. Over 700 attendees from 40 countries attended the inaugural event in 2005. More information on the event is available on www.apts-expo.com/me .Meanwhile APTS Europe, now in its 4th year, concluded a successful two-day run on 9th November 2005.Over the last three years APTS in London has attracted more than 350 exhibitors and over 4000 attendees. Further information about APTS Europe can be found at www.apts-expo.com  Contacts:For further information on exhibiting at the event, please contact: Michael Costain – Event Manager - tel. +44 (0)1892 614166, or email firstname.lastname@example.org  Jo Mayer – Marketing Manager - tel. +44 (0) 7801 627904, or email email@example.com For further press information: Sony Elias, MCS/Action, PO Box 20970, Dubai, UAE. Tel: +971 4 3902960; Fax: +971 4 390 8161; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org