17 years betting on Mediterranean Logistics in Barcelona

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Barcelona, 21 March 2019. - Organised by the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona and the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME) with the support of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, the Mediterranean Summit on Logistics and Transport will hold its 17th edition on 26th and 27th June within the framework of the InTrade Summit BCN, which will take place as part of the leading Trade Fair for Logistics, Transport, Intralogistics and Supply Chain of Southern Europe (SIL 2019).

The summit will host the 17th edition of the Meda Logistics & Transport Forum and the 12th edition of the Meda Ports & Shipping Summit, as well as business meetings. In this new annual edition, which consolidates itself as the international reference of the Mediterranean, it will bring together hundreds of businessmen, investors, government representatives, sectoral associations, multilateral organisations and senior public and private officials from the logistics and transport sector in the Mediterranean, Europe, Africa and Asia.

Barcelona will once again stage the Mediterranean spirit for 2 days, with the annual meeting of the platform with the greatest influx and Mediterranean influence. The celebration of the 17th edition of the Mediterranean Summit on Logistics, Transport and Ports 2019 represents, to a certain extent, the triumph of bringing people together and promoting ideas for development, the construction of bridges, connecting people and companies. Barcelona, due to its geographical and strategic situation, as well as its capacities and infrastructures, is consolidating itself as the reference of the Mediterranean logistics and transport sector. The commitment to infrastructures must continue to be a priority, especially the Mediterranean Corridor and the creation of more efficient logistics networks and services.

World trade is shifting and the model, which for centuries saw Western maritime powers controlling cargo flows, is giving way to a more multidirectional and multimodal future. China is trying to exert greater influence on the new dynamics of world trade, particularly through the New Silk Road, a trillion-dollar initiative that aims to form a new intercontinental trade, through a new network of maritime and land connections between Asia, Europe and Africa, based on old trade routes. Maritime transport is a fundamental pillar of the global economy. 80% of goods and around 50% of oil circulate by sea, and the Mediterranean holds the key.

Logistics is a necessity for the Mediterranean economy
Improving logistics must be a priority because it is necessary to recover and improve the economy. No matter the industry or the nature of the business, logistics is a necessity; it is blood for the economy. Both in the Mediterranean and worldwide transport and logistics directly affect the economy and competitiveness. In some countries, the impact of logistics is between 20-60% on prices. It is necessary to strengthen and improve the logistics sector. Competitiveness is also the result of reduced transport time and costs.

Each year, 180 million containers are moved around the world.
Digitization can eliminate delays and inefficiencies in an industry that moves 180 million containers around the world each year. This makes it necessary to create new frameworks or a new Mediterranean vision to foster integration, an essential condition for growth. Because relations between the two shores are based, to a large extent, on the capacity of companies and the private sector to increase investment flows, of goods produced and marketed, since future levels of employment will depend on the willingness to invest in this commitment. Fostering economic cooperation would help to solve many chronic problems. Fostering intraregional interaction, job creation, investment, promotion of tourism, are the policies that could help to resolve socio-economic conditions. It would fight against poverty and imbalance, inequality.

The world transport map is changing, new actors are emerging and powers or regions are evolving as international distribution centres. Unlocking the region's economic potential is urgent, and to do this it is necessary to opt for integration and build a unified Mediterranean economic and financial strategy that drives investment, construction, modernisation and management of essential infrastructures and allows it to grow and compete with other regions.

The cost of Mediterranean non-integration is very high; the possible integration would change trends and would have great benefits for all. It would attract international companies, increase exports and boost the creation of jobs and local companies. This would have a positive impact on all countries on both shores. But the existing gaps between the two shores must be filled. However, achieving this would mean a more effective transport network, more trade and development.

The Mediterranean is decisive in East-West flows and is the best option for channelling loads. 2000 years ago, Chaldeans, Phoenicians and Carthaginians created the first Free Port concept to facilitate trade. Today, as yesterday, the MedaLogistics Summit wants to promote the Mare Nostrum as the great global logistics platform and support the creation of land, air and maritime communication network. This can only become a reality in this scenario of change through a regional alliance and its association with Europe.

To present new ways or possibilities, to add capacities and to use this synergy in the search of new ways for regional integration. This process brings great value to both shores and becomes a unifying and constructive factor for cooperation and, above all, peace in the Mediterranean, Our Common Sea.


For more information:

Lluís López Yuste and Marieta Cavero – Department of Communication and Press of the SIL
Tel: +34 93 263 81 50. comunicacionsil@elconsorci.es

Luis Miranda – Department of Members, Corporate Development and Press of ASCAME
Tel: +34 93 416 93 19. communication@ascame.org

 

 

 

Agenda Date: 
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 09:00

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