MedaLogistics Barcelona Summit: An efficient, digital and sustainable logistics connects the Mediterranean with the world

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Barcelona, 6 June 2018 – The Mediterranean Summit of Logistics and Transport of Barcelona (MedaLogistics Barcelona Summit) closed its16th edition- in the framework of the International Logistics and Maintenance Exhibition of Barcelona (SIL 2018) -  opening the door to an efficient and sustainable logistics to guarantee a prosperity and regional integration.

The Summit, organized by the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME) together with the Consorci de Barcelona de Zonas Francas and the support of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Barcelona, and attended by more than 320 attendees during the 6 sessions of the two days, including representatives of organizations, international and regional associations, as well as entrepreneurs and experts linked to the logistics sector, has offered the participants a wide range of successful sessions on hot topics of regional news.

On the first day of the Summit, the MedaLogistics Forum has addressed key issues such as the unstoppable boom in Chinese investment in the region and new routes such as the Silk Road, where the Mediterranean is the undisputed center of gravity for logistics trade, especially between Asia, Europe and Africa. For example, China already controls 10% of European ports, in the words of Jordi Torrent del Port de Barcelona. Within this scenario, the Summit served as a scenario to make an urgent call to promote an efficient terrestrial, air and maritime communication network and to promote multimodal corridors, above all the Mediterranean Corridor and its connection with North Africa, as an essential requirement for regional integration and to strengthen itself in the face of global competition.

The forum also addressed the economic opportunities that today's airports offer, as major generators of jobs in activities directly associated with the channeling of air traffic, and also by the tourism activity they promote. According to Ali Tounsi of ACI Africa, the global and regional benefits of aviation are estimated at 2.7 trillion dollars. From the forum it was called for an Associative Network between the airports of the Mediterranean, which coordinates its activities and defends its positioning in the world.

But, without any doubt, the advance of our ports and airports will only increased with innovation, logistics 4.0 and the digital advances in which the Mediterranean countries are already immersed, as Alaa Ezz from ASCAME pointed out, with new and future models of business facilitated by modern and sustainable infrastructures, as added by J. Bosch of AENA.

For its part, the 11th Mediterranean Ports Summit addressed the so-called blue economy. It should be noted that, to date, the Mediterranean region has more than 450 ports and terminals, represents 30% of the world's maritime trade by volume, and is the second largest destination in the world for cruise tourism, housing a coastal population of 150 million people.

The Summit, which included the MedaLogistics Forum and the MedaPorts Summit on the first and second days, respectively, reflected the need to create public-private partnerships in order to achieve a more efficient and sustainable logistics through the implementation of new systems of management that cheapens costs, making better use of infrastructures and improving waste management and introducing new eco-efficient means of transport. All this to project the Mediterranean region worldwide, located at the point of confluence of three continents - Asia, Europe and Africa - and in which several hundred million people live, as a great platform-region with unique characteristics to facilitate world trade.

The cooperation presented in this forum for 16 consecutive years opened the door to many attractive and unprecedented opportunities for investment and services in the field of transport and logistics. ASCAME as organizer of the meeting, expressed its willingness to support and lead the creation of a highly necessary cooperation. Indeed, in the words of the ASCAME Coordinator, Anwar Zibaoui, logistics is "blood for the economy" and injection of competitiveness for our companies.

 

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