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Customs chief to address FIATA Dublin congress[ May 27, 2016 // Chris ]
World Customs Organisation secretary general Kunio Mikuriya will be guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the FIATA World Congress in Dublin on 5 October.
The freight forwarding body’s congress, which attracts up to 1,000 delegates, takes place in the Irish capital on 3-8 October this year at the Convention Centre Dublin and has been organised by the Irish International Freight Association (IIFA) in co-operation with FIATA.
It is an opportunity for executives and business owners from the global forwarding and logistics industry to gather to share knowledge, network and develop their businesses.
IIFA president, Tom Thornton, described FIATA members as “the unseen and unsung heroes that enable global trade and individual economies to function smoothly. We are particularly delighted that Mr Kunio Mikuriya of the World Customs Organisation will participate at the opening of Congress in Dublin.
“Ireland first hosted the FIATA World Congress in 1981 and it is a great honour to invite members worldwide to participate in the industry’s annual showcase event. Those delegates who have never been to Dublin can expect a warm and hospitable embrace from our capital city.”
Announcements on other guests and speakers will be made in due course, says IIFA.
Key themes will include anti-corruption, competition compliance, customs and borders, innovation, multi-modal, regulation and security. There is also a focus on new technology and the congress has attracted a number of exhibiting partners.
The Regional Leaders Dialogue will organised along the traditional lines of Africa/Middle East; Americas; Asia Pacific; and Europe.
A social programme for both delegates and partners will run in parallel to the conference programme and includes a Night of Irish Culture, a Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, golf at the K Club, home of the 2006 Ryder Cup, and other activities.
Early bird discounts are available until 30 June – see http://fiata2016.org/register/