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Port Finance International Casablanca 2015

  • 16 & 17 September 2015 | Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche, Casablanca, Morocco | Languages:

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A Catalyst for Trade Growth and Logistics Competitiveness
Held under the Auspices of Morocco’s Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics

This 2nd Port Finance International Casablanca conference will once again gather industry experts to explore the region's ports, transport and logistics infrastructure and focus on trade facilitation and logistics competitiveness - whilst also investigating the opportunities on offer for those looking to capitalise on the country's unique global geographic, financial, industrial and political position. 

With a Keynote Address from H.E. Mr Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, this event will build on the success of PFI Casablanca 2014 - which had over 175 participants from both the regional and international community such as EBRD, BMCE, IFC, AfDB, ANP, Marsa Maroc, Port of Antwerp, Port of Amsterdam, TMPA, APMT, Nigerian Ports Authority, Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority, OMMP, Terminal Link, Shell, Drapor, Siemens, Grimaldi, STFA, and many others.

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With a stable environment and strong level of infrastructure and training, Morocco is well placed to attract enterprises that are looking to bolster their exports to African markets. Peugeot Citroen have, for example, recently announced they are to open their first African factory in the city of Kenitra (also billed to speed the development of the Kenitra Atlantic Port project - as confirmed by H.E. Mr Aziz Rabbah, The Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics in an interview with L’Economist of 7 July 2015 1), and Ford Motor Co. has recently opened a new regional sales office in Casablanca and a purchasing office in Tangier - reflecting international confidence in the country's strong position as a gateway between Europe and Africa.  

Morocco is also looking to expand its economic ties across the globe and is looking further afield into Africa, and even China is eying up the possibilities of using Morocco to launch manufacturing projects. Indeed manufacturing is playing a key role in the driving the development and capacity requirements of the country’s ports infrastructure, with Moulay Hafid Elalamy, Morocco's Trade and Industry Minister, planning to increase the industry's contribution to Morocco's economy from 14% today to 23% by 2020.2

Many have also cited the quality of Morocco’s financial and logistics infrastructure, its industrial platforms and its competitive edge in terms of logistics, supply chain and hinterland connectivity through railways, road, ports and airports. The country recently also came first in Africa in the global 2014 Liner Shipping Connectivity Index conducted by the UN trade and investment body (UNCTAD), taking the 16th position globally.3 The Africa Economic Outlook 2015 report produced annually by the AfDB, the OECD Development Centre and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says that Morocco attracted $5.2 billion in FDI in 2015, ranking it 2nd in Africa after only Egypt. 4

Taking big steps to ensure and maintain its position. Along with enhancements in existing major port complexes in Tanger Med and Casablanca, for example, the new industrial and port complex at Nador West Med has secured the financing required, with construction to start before the end of 2015 for completion in late 2019-2020. The government has also designated and developed 7 FTZs to help continue to encourage and develop trade through advantageous training, tax and investment incentives.

Morocco has also recently become the ITF’s first full member on the African continent, having previously been an observer country since the creation of organisation in 2006. “Morocco’s accession will be a plus for the Forum. It is also a positive development for Morocco,” said Mohamed Najib Boulif, Morocco’s Deputy Minister of Transport. “The geostrategic position of Morocco in the Mediterranean, Africa, and the MENA region, are all strategic assets for Morocco’s participation.”6 The IMO too has hailed Morocco’s commitment to maritime safety and south-south cooperation, with Tangier recently hosting the IMO World Maritime Day Parallel Event in October 2014.7

PFI Casablanca 2015 will bring maritime, transport, infrastructure and industrial experts together to look at hos Morocco is ensuring its position for trade growth and logistics competitiveness, and will review what Morocco can offer the international operator, investor and manufacturer.

Confirmed speakers include:

HE Mr. Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, Morocco
Francine Torbett, British Consulate-General, Casablanca
Elad Levi, Business Performance and Finance manager, APM Terminals Tangier
Sghir El Filali, Director of Regulation and Ports Development, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)
Tarik Maaouni, Director of Organization and Information Systems, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)
Mohamed Marzagui, Division Chief, Maritime Navigation, Merchant Marine
Mohamed Ben Ouda, CEO, SNTL (Société Nationale des Transports et de la Logistique)
Nico Berx, Director, Port of Antwerp International
Pierre-Etienne Bouchaud, Representative, European Investment Bank
Ahmed Lotfi, General Manager, LA-Skills
Najat Saher, Head of National PPP Unit, Ministry of Economy & Finance, Morocco
Alejandro Lopez, Ports Commercial Director, OHL Concesiones, S.A.
Isidore Biyiha, General Director, GUCE-GIE
Rachid Hadi, Executive Board Member and Operations Director of Casablanca Port, Marsa Maroc
Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA (International Port Community Systems Association)
Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT
David Allan, Principal Banker at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Gordon Rankine Director, Beckett Rankine
Asmaa Benslimane, WISTA Morocco Founding President
Jalal Benhayoun, General Manager, PORTNET S.A
Marine Perret, Principal Maritime Engineer, Ports & Marine, Aecom
Mustapha El Khayat, President, AMLOG
Michel Donner, Senior Advisor, Drewry
Olaf Merk, Administrator Ports and Shipping, International Transport Forum (ITF) at OECD
Yann Alix, General Delegate, SEFACIL Foundation
Cyril Peri, Chief Financial Officer, SMPA
Mohammed Adnane Ouzzine, Financial Adviser, Ministry of Economy and Finance

Who should attend:

  • Government/Ministries (of Transport/Logistics/Trade/Finance)
  • Port Authorities
  • Port & Terminal Operators
  • Shipping Lines
  • Railway, Logistics & Freight Forwarding Companies
  • Shipyard Operators
  • Finance Sector (Banks, Investment Funds, Multilateral Development Banks/Regional Development Banks/International
  • Financial Institutions)
  • Legal/Insurance Institutions
  • EPC Contractors
  • Strategy Consultants & Think-Tanks
  • Port & Terminal Service and Equipment Suppliers
  1. http://www.usinenouvelle.com/article/maroc-le-projet-du-port-kenitra-atlantique-va-prendre-forme-grace-a-l-arrivee-de-psa.N340984
  2. http://www.theafricareport.com/North-Africa/china-now-sees-morocco-as-a-base-for-manufacturing.html
  3. http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/unctad-ranks-morocco-16th-in-liner-shipping-connectivity-index/
  4. http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000163657/kenya-named-among-top-africa-s-investment-hubs
  5. http://worldmaritimenews.com/archives/150927/emerging-west-african-ports-threat-for-west-med-hubs/
  6. http://cities-today.com/argentina-israel-and-morocco-join-international-transport-forum/
  7. http://imosgblog.tumblr.com/post/101166229952/28-october-2014-parallel-event-at-tangier

 

Agenda

Conference Agenda - Last updated - 10/09/15

Agenda - Day 1

08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:45 Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Michel Donner, Senior Advisor, Drewry

09:55 Introduction from Francine Torbett, British Consulate-General, Casablanca

10:00 Keynote Address - Morocco’s Ports - A Transport and Trade Gateway to Africa
HE Mr. Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Equipment, Transport and Logistics, Morocco

10:20 Short Break

10:25 An Overview of Morocco’s New PPP Law
Najat Saher, Head of National PPP Unit, Ministry of Economy & Finance, Morocco

10:45 An Overview of Morocco's Port Developments and Outlook
Sghir El Filali, Director of Regulation and Ports Development, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)

11:10 Tea/Coffee Break

11:30 A Review of Morocco’s Preparations to Join the IMO
Mohamed Marzagui, Division Chief, Maritime Navigation, Merchant Marine

11:45 Short Introduction to the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA)
Asmaa Benslimane, Founding President, WISTA Morocco

Session 1: Morocco’s Maritime Infrastructure and Industrial Acceleration

12:00 Development of Container Activities in Casablanca Port
Rachid Hadi, Executive Board Member and Operations Director of Casablanca Port, Marsa Maroc

12:25 TNG Hub Terminal as Key Accelerator for the Moroccan Economy
Elad Levi, Business Performance and Finance manager, APM Terminals Tangier

12:50 The Position of Morocco in Global Maritime Transport

  • Benchmark with ITF members
  • Mega-ship readiness
  • Port-city integration
  • Port system complementarity

Olaf Merk, Administrator Ports and Shipping, International Transport Forum (ITF) at OECD

13:15 Lunch Break

Session 2: Investment & Transaction Scenarios for Optimum Development

14:15 The Lifecycle of Investing in a Port Project

  • Assessment and selection of projects
  • Expectations: project vs investor and vice versa

Nico Berx, Director, Port of Antwerp International

14:40 Private Sector Participation
David Allan, Principal Banker at European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

15:05 EIB and its Approach to Financing the Maritime Sector
Pierre-Etienne Bouchaud, Representative, European Investment Bank

15:30 Case Study: Financing of Small Cap Container Terminal

  • Case of Le Verdon sur Mer

Cyril Peri, Chief Financial Officer, SMPA

15:55 Tea/Coffee Break

Session 3: Port Planning and Preparedness

16:20 Controlling Risk and Insurance in African Port Projects

  • Key insurance issues relating to the development of ports and terminals.
  • Focus on project control, operational issues, concessions

Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT

16:45 Using Engineering Advice to Reduce Risk

  • Technical due diligence
  • Concept and feasibility
  • Project development

Gordon Rankine Director, Beckett Rankine

17:10 Balancing and Calculating ROI and Risk against Cost of Technical Developments

  • Impact of larger vessel size on port infrastructure costs

Marine Perret, Principal Maritime Engineer, Ports & Marine, Aecom

17:35 Summary Notes Followed by Networking Reception until 19:00

 

Agenda - Day 2

08:30 Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:45 Opening Notes from Conference Chair

Session 4: Improving Connectivity in the Maghreb

10:00 Developing a Single Window Trade Portal for Global Trade Facilitation
Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA (International Port Community Systems Association)

10:25 Panel Discussion - How a trade information portal can be a pathway to international trade

Moderated by: Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA (International Port Community Systems Association)
Panelists include:
Tarik Maaouni, Director of Organization and Information Systems, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)
Isidore Biyiha, General Director, GUCE-GIE
Jalal Benhayoun, General Manager, PORTNET S.A
Yann Alix, General Delegate, SEFACIL Foundation

11:25 Tea/Coffee Break

Session 5: Efficiency Indicators and Drivers for the Region’s Ports and Terminals

11:45 How do West African Ports adapt to the Changing Patterns in Container Shipping?

  • An update of fast paced African projects, linked to shipping industry evolution. Both are changing quite fast.

Michel Donner, Senior Advisor, Drewry

12:10 Developing a Service Network - Hinterland Connectivity
Mohamed Ben Ouda, CEO, SNTL (Société Nationale des Transports et de la Logistique)

12:35 Question and Answer Session

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Development and Skills Transfer of Ports in Morocco: Progress and Prospects.

  • The development of strategic focused skills in port developments in Morocco
  • Skills transfer projects: Morocco / Africa South-South cooperation;
  • Connections: the emergence of Morocco as a development hub for port and maritime skills

Ahmed Lotfi, General Manager, LA-Skills

14:25 Regional Opportunities beyond the Gibraltar Strait
Alejandro Lopez, Ports Commercial Director, OHL Concesiones, S.A.

14:50 Moroccan Tax Guidelines, an Incentive Tool for Investment in the Port and Maritime Sector

  • A review of taxes relating to the Moroccan port and maritime sector 
  • A treatment of tax benefits given to Tanger Med port and all other maritime activities throughout the Kingdom of Morocco

Mohammed Adnane Ouzzine, Financial Adviser, Ministry of Economy and Finance

15:15 Areas of Logistic-Manufacturers Harbour and Port Efficiency

  • Essay of application of the theory of the stakeholders

Mustapha El Khayat, President, AMLOG

15:40 - Summary Notes followed by Tea/Coffee Break

*Certain speakers, topics, titles and content may be subject to alteration. The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme as necessary

Exhibition

  • Stand available
  • Stand booked
  • Stand on option
  • Bar
  • Registration Desk
 
Stand No.Exhibitor
1 Available
2 Port of Antwerp
3 APM Terminals
4 Marsa Maroc
5 Available
6 Available
7 Available

Sponsors and Partners

Global Partner Sponsor
Port Amtwerp

 

Host Port Sponsor
Morocco Transport Ministry

 

Silver Sponsor
APM Terminals

 

Bronze Sponsor
Morocco Transport Ministry

 

Bronze Sponsor
BMCE Bank

 

Supporting Partner
La Chambre de Commerce Belgo-Luxembourgeoise au Maroc amlog IPCSA
AMLOG Drewry A.P.R.A.M
Britcham Britcham NABC
CEDA EITP  

 

Media Partners
actualida Petrofinder worldoilis
3plnews obg The Moroccan Times
La Quotidienne Finance News hebdo Les Afriques
Global Maritime Hub africanbusinesscom Port Strategy
Greek Innovation Greek Innovation lephare
pti African Business Magazine Transport & Logistic Review
Vox Africa Ship2Shore2 L'economiste
GPS    

Delegate Info

Delegate Information

Venue:  Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
Address: Rue Sidi Belyout 20 190 - Casablanca, Morocco

http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-6811-sofitel-casablanca-tour-blanche/index.shtml

Map of Venue:
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Where is it taking place?
The Port Efficiency Forum Morocco conference is being held at Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche. Located in the heart of the Sidi Belyout business district and next to Casablanca port.

For Enquiries regarding parking, please contact:
Email: H6811@sofitel.com

Accommodation:
Please contact Nawal Souky directly to arrange your accommodation at the Sofitel.

Please contact: Nawal Souky
Tel: (00212) 522 456 300
Email:H6811@sofitel.com

Special Port Finance International Delegate Rate:

Rooms are subject to availability.

Classic room 2450 MAD
(Cancellation policy - Full deposit is not refundable even if the booking is cancelled or modified.
Full amount of stay is payable in advance by credit card at booking time)
.

Superior 2650 MAD
(No cancellation charge applies prior to 18:00 (local time), up to 3 days prior to arrival. Beyond that time, the first night will be charged. Booking must be guaranteed by providing a credit card).

Luxury 2850 MAD
(No cancellation charge applies prior to 18:00(local time) on the day of arrival. Beyond that time, the first night will be charged).

Breakfast at 250.00 MAD per person per day
Taxes 49.50 MAD per person per day.

Check in available from 14:00.
Check out the room must be vacated by 12:00 at the latest

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Points of interest:

  • Hassan ii Mosque
  • La Corniche
  • Habbous District
  • Old Medina

Visitor Information:

  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Climate: temperatures vary from 20°c to 30°c in summer and from 15°c to 20°c in winter
  • Visas: contact your travel agent, the Moroccan embassy or airline for up-to-date visa requirements
  • Languages: French and Arabic, English widely spoken

Directions:
Next to Casablanca port, the hotel can be accessed via Boulevard de la Corniche or Boulevard d'Anfa. From Marrakesh, the airport or Rabat, followthe N1 highway, crossing Sidi Maarouf and follow Boulevard Ghandi on the left to the end. Continue to the end of Boulevard du Lido, cross the Colline d'Anfa, turn right onto Boulevard de l'Atlantique and follow the coastline until you reach the hotel.

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