NEW DELHI: Campaign for the “FIATA World Congress 2018” (FWC-201, which has been scheduled to be held from September 25 to 29, 2018 at Aerocity in New Delhi, would kick start from “FIATA World Congress 2017” taking place in Malaysia from October 4 to 8, 2017. A strong delegation comprising some 45 FFFAI member customs broking companies is attending the event in Malaysia to promote the FWC-2018 in Delhi.
“We are glad to see the unprecedented enthusiasm among our member associations and companies regarding the FIATA World Congress. Our counterparts and FIATA colleagues in Malaysia had given us a target of 30 delegates to attend the Malaysia event. We have exceeded the number by 15 additional delegates, which indicates huge success that we are going to achieve in FWC- 2018 in Delhi,” said Mr Debashish Dutta, immediate Past Chairman, FFFAI, who is heading FIATA World Congress 2018 organising committee. “The world is seriously eyeing on India and we will have to focus on infrastructure and logistics facilities available here to woo international trade community from across the globe. In sync with the present Government’s vision of including India in the list of world’s top destinations in terms of trade & commerce, industry, manufacturing hub, etc, FFFAI would not leave any stone unturned to make the FWC in 2018 an all time successful event in FIATA’s history as well as India’s foreign trade’s point of view,” added Mr Dutta.
The FWC-2018 would be attended by a record number of 1500 delegates (800 overseas and 700 Indian) including Customs Brokers, other logistics professionals, experts, academicians and Government representatives. “The number could have been further exceeded. However, we will have to restrict ourselves because of capacity constraint. It is desirable there should be more capacity with bigger convention hall in the vicinity of Delhi Airport to organize an event of this magnitude. Otherwise Delhi is a very appropriate and strategic location for organizing this largest ever logistics event in India,” Mr Dutta maintained.
Meanwhile, The FWC- 2018 logo has been unveiled and registration will start from the World Congress in Malaysia. FFFAI will have a Stall at the Malaysia Congress’ exhibition area for marketing and registration purpose. After Malaysia the team FFFAI will visit Dubai, Africa, Europe and other parts of the world to promote the 2018 event through Road Shows. In addition, FFFAI will be hosting seminars/workshops across India where all participants in Malaysia event would take special role in their respective areas to explain the importance and benefits of attending FIATA World Congress. “We are also planning to organize a Curtain Raiser programme early 2018 in New Delhi with participation from Central Ministers. Our aim is to highlight the importance and opportunities in this sunrise sector, i.e. logistics sector, in India before the world. Also, we would like to focus on the fast changing industry-friendly ecosystem in India which is being jointly formulated and led by the Government of India and industry stakeholders. At this event FFFAI will focus on brand India and trade facilitation initiatives which include current policies on manufacturing and export-import trade, connectivity, infrastructure, IT and skill development, etc by the Government and industry together,” Mr Dutta shared.
According to Mr Dutta, FIATA World Congress is all about how to generate business and revenue/forex for a company as well for the Country. “FWC-2018 would be a huge business and networking event where Indian freight forwarders, transport & logistics companies and allied sectors including exporters/importers would get opportunities to interact with their Indian and overseas counterparts. There is tremendous excitement among the foreign delegates about the growth of India, to come and see the Country, and for doing business by choosing their Indian partners,” Mr Dutta emphasised.
Mr Dutta was also emphatic that FWC-2018 would set the new standard and example as regard to the dimension of FWC, not only in terms of number of delegates but also in terms of level of interactions and other aspects. He is also expecting very good support from the Government of India in this endeavour to promote India as a manufacturing and logistics hub. “Business-first is our primary objective to hold FWC in India and we are hopeful there would be a significant number of MoUs signed between various companies and organizations,” Mr Dutta concluded.