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Tuesday 6th November

18.00 - 19.00  |  Welcome Reception, organised by IRU and Asyad


Wednesday 7th November 

9.00 - 10.30 | Opening Ceremony and Plenary: Road Transport and Global Trade Dynamics

With globalisation, new trade hubs are emerging and reshaping global trade routes. This puts new pressure on regulatory convergence between Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. At the same time, worldwide transport infrastructure investment is projected to increase at an average annual rate of about 5% in the coming years.  

11.00 - 12.30 | Plenary (continued). Road transport, a revolution in the making 

Over the past fifty years, global mobility has dramatically changed but the most important shift is yet to come. The 21st century will see road transport becoming increasingly digital, connected and automated: the revolution has already begun.

14.00 - 15.30 | 1st Parallel sessions 

To choose from one of the following sessions:

Data is the new oil

Road transport operators have been handling unprecedented large amounts of data for years. They are starting to understand how to process and analyse vast array of information in new ways. However, despite plenty of talks about big data capabilities, many still wonder about the reality beyond the hype. 

Towards higher competitiveness in the Middle East 

Infrastructure development and new intermodal connections are reshaping traditional trade corridors and the way transport operators work  across the world. In this context, Asia plays a pivotal role by forming strategic partnership with emerging economies. These dynamics have a strong impact on transportation and logistics activities in particular in the Middle East. However, non-tariff barriers and low regional connectivity are still impeding the full potential of trade in the region. 

Talent strategy: Designing a future for the workforce

Road transport operators are facing an unprecedented driver shortage and most recent demographics demonstrated it will only get worse. This issue is jeopardizing the sustainable growth of road transport. It is now time for the industry to address this challenge. Driving new talents to the industry with attractive working conditions is a pivotal challenge in the years ahead.

Ministerial dialogue (closed)

Hosted by the Oman Minister for Transport and Communications

16.00 - 17.30 | 2nd Panel discussions and Ministerial session (continued)

To choose from one of the following sessions:

Next generation platforms

Competing in a globalized and connected world, requires to do business at an unprecedented size and scale. To achieve that scale, winning companies are establishing digital platforms that extend their organizational boundaries. New digital platforms have been developed to address the fragmentation of trucking and logistics. However, the industry still needs to step up and integrate these solutions to further improve cost efficiency. 

Ministerial dialogue: Enabling trade facilitation (open) 

For centuries, the traditional approach to policy-making was to handle every regulatory issue as a national or regional matter. This approach is no longer relevant in a globalised world. Globalisation has brought its own series of new regulatory challenges which require governments to redefine regional or international cooperation. Road transport operators must understand regulatory developments and how they can support regulators’ work.

Fuel efficiency: What delivers results on the road? 

The road freight sector relies heavily on fossil fuels. In order to comply with future environmental standards and potential oil shortage, trucks will have to be more fuel efficient. However, transport operators want to understand future energy trends and the opportunities emission reduction technologies will offer. 

Side event

Details to come. 


Thursday 8th November 

9.00 - 10.30 | Plenary: Innovation and competition - staying ahead of the curve 

New business models are dramatically disrupting business operations of transport operators. In order to remain competitive, it is important for transport operators to understand where the industry is going and what are the best practices to integrate in their business activities. Otherwise, they may take the risk to be replaced by new entrants on the market. 

11.00 - 12.30 | 3rd Panel discussions 

To choose from one of the following sessions:

Autonomous road transportation: Ready to roll? 

Autonomous trucks and taxis will disrupt the transport industry in the years to come. First driverless trials have already taken place but their full-scale deployment is still a long way ahead and their large-scale deployment will not be an easy journey. 

Responding to new challenges in urban mobility

At the time local authorities are mulling the future urban mobility framework, some cities are taking pro-active measures against road transport operators including the ban of vehicles. These changes can be motivated by the necessity to comply with stringent environmental standards, the pressure from citizens, or also the bad reputation of the industry in some areas. 

New revenues, optimised resources: Reaping the benefits of innovative practices

The industry is ripe with new practices that can generate additional revenue streams as well as solutions that can optimise resources. This session will debate how transport operators can make the most of the change that is happening and integrate new revenue streams in their value chain.

Side event

Details to come. 

14.00 – 15.30 | Closing Plenary: Embracing the future 

This session will close the World Congress. After two fruitful days of discussions, transport world leaders were able to extensively discuss innovation, road transport governance as well as challenges to address towards future-proofing business activities. Concrete solutions have been presented and we will gather moderators from various sessions in order to collect their feedback and discuss the future of our industry. This will also be an opportunity to hold a comprehensive discussion on cross-sectorial challenges.