Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference concludes in Hong Kong

A crowded conference room at the 12th Asian Logistics Maritime and Aviation Conference in Hong Kong
Photo Credit: ALMAC

LONDON – With a lengthy history as a global trading port, Hong Kong this week hosted the 6th edition of Hong Kong Maritime Week. The week’s flagship event was the 12th Asian Logistics, Maritime and Aviation Conference (ALMAC).

The Conference was jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), which came to a close earlier this week.

This signature two-day event for the maritime, air freight, logistics and supply chain management sectors and shippers from diverse manufacturing industries drew more than 90 industry experts and leaders sharing insights at over 30 sessions.

ALMAC this year attracted more than 14,000 online and physical participants from over 50 countries and regions.

Sustainability and the supply chain

Themed “The Future of the Sustainable Supply Chain: Connectivity, Collaboration, Innovation”, the hybrid-format conference attracted industry players from around the world who expanded business connections and explored partnership opportunities both face-to-face and virtually.

Satellite conference venues across Mainland China, the wider Asian region, Australia and Europe also hosted physical events.

In addition to relaying the conference from Hong Kong, some satellite venues invited experts to address logistics issues and share their experiences as well as join face-to-face exchanges and business matching activities.

Supply chain integration

In the first Power Dialogue session, industry leaders discussed how Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) economies create opportunities by integrating regional trade and supply chains, and discussed strategic plans to capture opportunities.

Daryl Tay, President, North Asia District of UPS Parcel Delivery Service, said RCEP opened huge opportunities in Asia. Regional collaboration was the key, so it was important to help SMEs understand the agreements and capitalise on RCEP opportunities.

Air Cargo hubs

According to Airport Authority Hong Kong statistics from 2021, Hong Kong International Airport – referred to as Chek Lap Kok International Airport or Chek Lap Kok Airport – connects with over 200 airports worldwide. It boasts a cargo and airmail throughput of 4.5 million tons annually.

As a key international hub for airfreight as well as sea freight, it is perhaps well placed to hold the annual conference.

With a forum organised by the Airport Authority Hong Kong, keynote speakers addressed issues of ‘future-proofing’ air cargo hubs.

In a rapidly changing global environment, being ready for the future has become a practical necessity for any business to thrive.

There is no exception of air cargo hubs, indispensable supply chain nodes that on the one hand link the suppliers and manufacturers with end consumers and, on the other hand, facilitate and harbour continuous creation of customer values for sustained growth.

In the forum, international expert hub operators discussed their recipes for continuous success and how to create future-proofing hubs that perpetuates inclusive growth.

ALMAC Exhibitors showcase

Complementing the Asian Logistics Maritime and Aviation Conference, an exhibition featured more than 50 stalls showcasing supply chain solutions and innovative logistics technologies to help SMEs enhance supply chain management.

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