About 50 exhibitors from the cross section of international logistics industry have participated in the FIATA World Congress 2018, held from September 26-29 at Pullman Hotel, in Aerocity, New Delhi. The Exhibition was formally inaugurated by Ms Vandana Aggarwal, Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. The FWC 2018 was attended by 1197 delegates from across the world and a large section of delegates visited the exhibition stalls with eager to know about logistics infrastructure facilities, products & services and connectivity available to and from India. “We are happy that the world congress of this magnitude has been fantastically organised by us (FFFAI) in respect of arrangements, hospitality, topics discussed (contents), entertainment programmes, sightseeing/tour programmes, etc, above all B2B as compared to previous FIATA World Congresses (FWC) held in other venues in the world. Our aim was to organize this event in such an innovative way so that delegates can contain this in their minds and hearts, which never ever happened in FWC history,” said Mr S Ramakrishna, Vice Chairman, FFFAI and Convener, FWC 2018. In his opinion, FFFAI has posed a challenge to all future FIATA World Congresses as far as its standard is concerned.
Commenting on the number of delegates that exceeded the target Mr Ramakrishna attributed the success to cohesive efforts by FFFAI members; all supporting trade association partners; Ministry of Civil Aviation, Commerce, Finance, Home Affairs, External Affairs and Culture; and government agencies, etc. Highlighting the footfalls at the exhibition Mr Ramakrishna maintained that huge queries were received from foreign delegates, especially from Africa and Latin America. “These two regions would be the next emerging business centres for Indian logistics companies. Same thing was noticed in B2B Business Meets also,” he added. In his opinion, FWC 2018 has displayed once again the strength of FFFAI which would further strengthen the organization, and its position in FIATA as well as logistics industry in India. “In fact, FFFAI’s former Chairmen, Mr Shantanu Bhadkamkar and Mr Samir Shah, are already playing very important roles in World Customs Organisation and International Federation of Customs Brokers’ Associations. And, it is for sure now they would go further for taking FFFAI and Indian logistics industry to a greater high in the international arena,” Mr Ramakrishna concluded.