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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: Will global trade dynamics impact the growth of road transport?

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. 

Connecting to compete: Towards higher competitiveness 

The session will look at the global integration of the road transport industry through implementation of relevant multilateral legal instruments. Earlier OECD has estimated that WTO TFA could reduce worldwide trade costs by between 12.5% and 17.5%. Road transport’s share in this total saving and the role in it will be explored. 

Attracting skilled workers

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. Attracting and retaining skilled employees has become crucial. 

Ministerial session (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. 

Enabling trade facilitation on the ground 

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.

Fuels in the 21st century 

The road freight sector relies heavily on fossil fuels. Transport operators need to understand future energy trends and shift their fleets accordingly to remain ahead of their competitors. 

Ministerial session (closed)

Hosted by the Oman Minister for Transport and Communications 


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 toll? 

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 business models

Technologies have allowed the emergence of a new generation of business leaders which are trying to shape the future the industry through the deployment of new business models. These new business models have the potential to shift the way traditional transport operators work and optimise their resources.

14.00 – 15.30 | Closing Plenary: Embracing the future 

After two days of fruitful discussions, it is now time to conclude our discussions and understand what has been achieved through the Congress. World transport leaders have extensively exchanges and we need to present the concrete outcomes and follow-up of these initatives.