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World Ports Conference 2020 Agenda Announced

World Ports Conference 2020 Agenda Announced

August 01, 2019

IAPH event at Flanders Meeting & Convention Center March 17-19, 2020 in Antwerp will focus on Building Transparency, Predictability and Trust

IHS Markit (NYSE: INFO), a world leader in critical information, analytics and solutions, and the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH), the world’s global ports association, today announced the IAPH World Ports Conference will take place on March 17-19, 2020 in Antwerp, Belgium at the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center in the city center. The Port of Antwerp is the Host Sponsor of this prestigious event.

Exploring the theme of Building Transparency, Predictability and Trust , the IAPH World Ports Conference will bring together executives from leading ports, their customers and stakeholders as well as regulators.

Following a highly successful first edition of the World Ports Sustainability Program Awards evening in Guangzhou, China in May 2019, the IAPH World Ports Conference will again feature a gala dinner awards ceremony. The ceremony will be held in the newly renovated Handelsbeurs building, which formerly housed the world’s oldest stock exchange.

“Our intention is to reach well beyond our 170-plus port members to the wider global maritime community,” said IAPH Managing Director Patrick Verhoeven. “Key issues around trade, digitalisation, sustainable port development and energy transition in shipping depend on all parties collaborating openly with each other. IAPH plans to use the outputs generated as the basis for future policymaking.”

“We have a long history of understanding the needs of maritime customers and this conference will draw upon that knowledge to explore the most pressing issues facing ports, vessel operators, regulators, local communities and more,” said Stuart Strachan, senior vice president, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit. “Our aim is to ensure attendees from various backgrounds and geographies all benefit from the discussions in equal measure and gain a deeper understanding of how issues featured affect them and their organizations.”

The three-day conference will feature a mix of panel discussions, one-on-one conversations, hands-on workshops and specialised working events to showcase unique, practical insights from business leaders who have engaged in successful and sustainable cross-industry collaboration. The sessions will be divided into four tracks to deliver a clear vision for ports worldwide on energy transition, data collaboration, reputation management and business innovation.

Those interested in attending can register for event updates here . #IAPH2020


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About IAPH ( )

Founded in 1955, the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) is a non-profit-making global alliance of 170 ports and 140 port-related organisations covering 90 countries. Its member ports handle more than 60 percent of global maritime trade and around 80 percent of world container traffic. IAPH has consultative NGO status with several United Nations agencies. In 2018, IAPH established the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) . Guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, it aims to unite sustainability efforts of ports worldwide, encouraging international cooperation between all partners involved in the maritime supply chain. WPSP ( covers five main areas of collaboration: energy transition, resilient infrastructure, safety and security, community outreach and governance.


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