Bahrain has a head-start on celebrating World Maritime Day 2010, with the announcement of the signing of an agreement to host the 8th Trans Middle East 2012 Exhibition and Conference in Bahrain. With this announcement, which was made by the General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP), Bahrain will be hosting this event for the second time following its successful hosting in November 2009.
The signing took place on the sidelines of the 5th Southern Asia Ports Logistics and Shipping 2010 conference in Mumbai, India, the sister event of the Middle East version. This signing signifies GOP's active efforts to attract meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) to Bahrain as part of its 5 year strategy.
Maysoon Sabkar, Director of Marketing and Communications signed on behalf of GOP, which had an exhibition booth at the Indian event in order to reach out to the Indian ports and logistics communities
Trans Middle East, run by specialised Malaysian-based event management company Transport Events Ltd, is the largest annual Container Ports and Terminals Operations business- to -business trade event in the Middle East and one of the largest trade events of its kind throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The two - day Bahrain event, scheduled to be held on 20 - 21 November 2012, will be the 8th Trans Middle East Conference and Exhibition. . This is the first public industry event that GOP has succeeded in attracting to Bahrain as a repeat event, following the hosting of the 5th Trans Middle East in November last year.
Hassan Al Majed, Director General of the General Organisation of Sea Ports expressed the importance of this opportunity for the development of Bahrain in the shipping and maritime industry, "As part of our 5-year plan, we are striving to establish Bahrain as a centre for maritime activity. This development is targeting several different aspects of the industry, from business and trade volume, to services and facilities, as well as thought leadership and industry intelligence. After the successful 5th Trans Middle East event held last year, we are looking forward to a bigger event in 2012, and will increase our efforts to secure strong participation from local, regional and international industry executives. This will in turn position Bahrain as a leader within the region's maritime sector in line with Economic Vision 2030."
The conference will feature approximately 30 business leaders who will review and analyze the latest global transportation and logistics issues. The conference is expected to attract 300 senior executive delegates from more than 30 countries worldwide along with 200 exhibition trade visitors from Europe, the Middle East and Africa including some of the world's leading shipping lines, shippers, cargo owners, importers and exporters, freight forwarders, logistics companies, ports, terminal operating companies, port equipment and services suppliers.