Full agenda and registration opens for IAPH 2020 World Ports Conference

Conference to cover four of the main global drivers of the port industry : energy transition, data collaboration, risk and reputation and business innovation

The Handelsbeurs of Antwerp is the world's first financial exchange. The Royal Exchange in London was built based on its model. The location will host the IAPH World Ports Conference Gala Dinner on 18 March.

The IAPH World Ports Sustainability Program is delighted to announce that the full agenda has been published and registration is now open for the IAPH World Ports Conference, which is to be held in Antwerp, Belgium between 17 and 19 March, 2019.

#IAPH2020, with host sponsor Port of Antwerp, will bring representatives of the world's ports together under one roof to work together around the theme of ‘Building transparency, predictability and trust.Rising to new demands of customers, communities and stakeholders.’

The agenda, which will range from plenaries to panel discussions, hands-on workshops, one-to-one conversations and specialised working events, has been devised to cover every current key issue facing ports and port communities.

IAPH's Managing Director Dr. Patrick Verhoeven commented : "The content of #IAPH2020 has been worked on in great detail with our conference producer IHS Maritime and Trade. With myriad transformations in the way ports are operating, the entire agenda has been devised with the aim that participants not only leave with new knowledge and a broader network of people. We also would like them to contribute their expertise to the IAPH World Ports Sustainability Program and to the many initiatives IAPH has already put in motion to enable ports to collaborate on energy transition, digital transformation, business innovation, risk and reputation management."

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Another glimpse of the Antwerp Bourse, which was officially reopened this weekend

The Conference will also hosting a Gala Dinner and the second edition of the World Ports Sustainability Program Awards at the Antwerp Bourse, which has recently been completely restored to its former glory.

The main Conference itself will be held at the Flanders Meeting and Convention Center (Elizabeth Center) on the Koningin Astridplein. The Center, which also houses the main music concert hall of Antwerp, is located on the Koning Astridplein, within a stone's throw of the city's renovated Central Station.

For the detailed agenda and to register for the event, you can visit :


About IAPH (iaphworldports.org)

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 (sustainableworldports.org) covers five main areas of collaboration: energy transition, resilient infrastructure, safety and security, community outreach and governance.