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Malaysia to host global logistics congress in October


KUALA LUMPUR: The Federation of Malaysian Freight Forwarders (FMFF) will host for the first time a global congress on logistics this October.

The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) World Congress 2017 with the theme “Logistics Bridging Global Trade” will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from Oct 4 to 8.

Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai (pix) said the theme fits with Malaysia’s aspiration to be connected to the world supply chain.

"It is time for the Malaysian logistics industry to go beyond the regional market.

"Our logistics services providers must be ready to be ‘glocal’ companies – local companies with global outreach,” he said at the soft launch of the event on Tuesday.

The annual congress provides a platform for key industry players to share information and networking against the backdrop of fast-changing global trends and practices.

Liow said the event would be the perfect avenue to showcase Malaysia as the preferred logistics gateway to Asia and the Government’s efforts in enhancing the capacity of the logistics industry.

"The logistics industry is the backbone to the supply chain and plays a major role to stimulate trade and spur economic growth.

"With the Malaysian economy expected to grow by as much as 4.4% this year, an improvement from last year’s 4.2%, the ongoing implementation of large-scale infrastructure and logistics projects will definitely give a significant impact to the nation’s competitiveness,” he said.

The Transport Ministry is a co-host of the congress.

Federation president Alvin Chua Seng Wah said the event is expected to attract 1,000 delegates from all over the world.

"We are confident that the delegates will be pleasantly surprised at what the logistics industry in Malaysia can offer, ” he said.

For details of the event, visit http://www.fiata2017.org/.

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