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  • 05/06/2024
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • ASCAME, Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona
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CONNECTING THREE CONTINENTS THROUGH MEDITERRANEAN LOGISTICS

The annual Mediterranean Platform

For the 19th consecutive year, SIL Barcelona, the leading exhibition for logistics, transport, intralogistics, and supply chain in Southern Europe, is hosting the Mediterranean Logistics & Transport Summit (MedaLogistics Summit) – the most established conference of its kind held in Barcelona. The summit is jointly organized by the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), Consorci Zona Franca Barcelona, and with the collaboration of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Port of Barcelona, MedPorts, and other partners.

As is customary every year, the MedaLogistics Summit brings together international experts from the leading sectors of logistics, maritime, transport, and infrastructure. Together, they engage in discussions on how to enhance the Mediterranean’s position as a heavyweight hub for global trade and logistics.

This summit represents a commitment to continually invigorate the logistics and ports industry as a fundamental basis for economic integration across the region. Over its 16 previous editions, the MedaLogistics Summit has established itself as a pioneer in these sectors, offering a platform for economic dialogue and business cooperation since 2003.

The annual summit of the Mediterranean and International Transport Sectors stands as the world’s largest gathering for the Mediterranean transport, global transport, and logistics event. Every June, ministers with responsibility for transport, business leaders, heads of international organizations, and policymakers, along with representatives of business associations and leading researchers, convene for two consecutive days in Barcelona to discuss the future of transport and logistics through the prism of strategic topics.

International Scope and reference of the sector

  • High participation has been observed from all corners of the Mediterranean, with a total of over 19,500 participating companies from 30 countries across Europe, Africa, and Asia, resulting in 36,100 business connections throughout the Summit’s 19 years.
  • The Summit has attracted a high level of attendance, including international business leaders and senior executives from the world’s leading ports, shippers, cargo owners, shipping lines, freight forwarders, logistics companies, terminal operators, railway operators, and port-rail equipment services suppliers.
  • The Summit has also seen the participation of key international bodies involved in the design of global transport and logistics policies.

Positioning the Mediterranean region as a global axis of development and growth

Transportation and logistics play a pivotal role in fostering cooperation and economic development, serving as the lifeblood of the economy with a staggering $4.3 trillion industry.

The competitiveness of an economy hinges on the efficiency of its logistics, a critical factor for all nations, particularly those in the process of development. Logistics has the power to address social problems, drive job creation, and attract investments.

The Mediterranean economic future is linked to the sea and to Africa, Europe and Asia

Situated at the crossroads of Asia, Europe, and Africa, the Mediterranean region, with its unique characteristics, emerges as a substantial platform for facilitating global trade. The future of this region, enveloping the strategic meeting point of three continents, is intricately tied to its maritime connectivity. Leveraging this connection will be paramount for the economic development of the Mediterranean in the years to come.

The Mediterranean region boasts an impressive 450 ports and terminals, accounting for 30% of global seaborne trade by volume. It stands as the world’s second-largest destination for cruise-ship tourism, with a population of 500 million people that doubles during the tourist season. As a coastal area, the Mediterranean Sea presents both unique challenges and opportunities associated with the transition to a green and diversified economy, coupled with a significantly growing population.

Recognizing the significance of transportation and logistics as the backbone of any economy, our focus is on developing the sector, fostering connectivity, and enhancing global competitiveness. We are dedicated to building robust internal and external supply chains, streamlining processes to international standards, and providing world-class infrastructure and services.

Programme 2024

Cooperation between the Mediterranean and other regions is improving exponentially, yet there are still areas with untapped potential. To comprehensively assess the region’s current situation and project a positive outlook for the future, we have outlined specific questions:

  • What are the existing obstacles to cooperation, and how can they be overcome?
  • What are the current logistical priorities in the region?
  • How can countries in the Mediterranean region learn from each other’s activities and initiatives to share best practices and develop necessary skills?
  • What strategies can be employed to maximize the influence of Mediterranean corridors on an international level?
  • How can Mediterranean economic operators be effectively integrated into corridor and other projects?
  • What is the most effective approach to engaging in partnerships and projects, such as the emerging tri-lateral cooperation between Europe, Asia, and Africa?
  • What type of governance is required in this context?
  • In which direction will this intercontinental-economic triangle develop?
  • How can we ensure that the Euro-Med-Africa will benefit from this expansion and extended partnership?

These questions are designed to guide our understanding and strategic planning, fostering enhanced cooperation and unlocking the full potential of the Mediterranean region’s collaborations with other regions.

Topics of discussion will include the diversification of the supply chain in the Mediterranean region, geopolitical considerations, and the evolving landscape in which the supply chain operates. We will also delve into the development of technology and new working practices within the supply chain. Starting from ports and terminals, our exploration will extend to the broader chain, encompassing yards, logistics centers, and airports, offering a comprehensive view of how the sector can collaborate through the integration of new technologies.

We will also share insights on the emergence of logistics and manufacturing hubs across the Middle East and Africa. This session aims to provide a holistic understanding of the Mediterranean logistics sector’s current standing and its future trajectory.