On 25 March, the European Union, officially still uniting 28 states, inhabited by 500 million Europeans and speaking 24 different languages, celebrated its 60th birthday.
This anniversary was also marked by a loss, since the Great Britain has officially started its withdrawal already the following week. Even despite the fact that on 25 March 2017 the leaders of the already 27 member states gathered in Rome to sign a declaration, stating that the “European unity is a bold, far-sighted endeavour”.
By Justinas Liuima,
Senior Industry Analyst of Euromonitor International
2016 was marked by increased political uncertainty and business volatility, which hindered the performance of the logistics industry. A period of high uncertainty is expected to continue in 2017, but, despite this, global growth is anticipated to accelerate.
Global real GDP growth is forecast to reach 3.4 % in 2017, thanks to accelerating growth in emerging markets in Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe and better-than-expected growth in the EU. This is anticipated to translate into new opportunities for logistics providers, with the logistics industry forecast to grow by 2 % in 2017, in comparison to the decline of 0.3 % registered in 2016.
Yet, despite improving economic growth, business and consumer confidence remains fragile. Political instability in Europe, fear of free trade restrictions and terrorism will remain the key issues constraining business confidence and the logistics industry’s growth in 2017. However, the introduction of new transportation modes and redistribution of trade routes at the same time will provide new opportunities for logistics providers operating on Europe-Asia trade routes and within the EU.
Director, Global AirRail Alliance
This march I had a privilege to speak at the annual Passenger Terminal Conference, celebrating its 20th anniversary in Amsterdam. With nearly 7000 visitors, speakers and conference participants, the Passenger Terminal Expo & Conference is clearly the largest and most important annual gathering for global airports and suppliers.
Among 11 different conference tracks “Airport Cities, Transport Connections & Tourism” session discussed various airport access issues.
Over the years, as the director of the Global AirRail Alliance, I have been asked one question so many times, that I thought it would be a good idea to address it during my presentation, titled “Why airports should stop relying on car parking revenues?”,
and maybe challenge the “we’ve always done it this way” thinking.
And the question that I’m asked very often is – “why should we, the airport, invest in rail links when most of our revenue comes from people parking their vehicles at our car parks?”
Classed by the World Economic Forum as the world’s number one long term risk, water crisis is a key issue impacting a huge number of businesses, from energy production, to agriculture, food production, apparel and heavy end use industries such as beauty and personal care, laundry detergent and laundry appliances. This report looks at how a range of companies are tackling this pressing concern, from supply chain management to community initiatives and product innovation.
The EXPO 2017 Exhibition complex is situated at the intersection of the axes of existing and planned urban development: the green axis of the Linear Park to the South of Baiterek monument and the symbolic educational axis of the new University named after N. Nazarbayev. The total area of the EXPO is 173.4 ha. The 25 ha exhibition complex consists of a number of objects performing different functions.
Director of Architecture Department of АО NK Astana EXPO 2017
The guest of this issue of the magazine JŪRA MOPE SEA is Gerhard Gerritzen – Deputy Managing Director and Member of the Management Board of Messe München GmbH.
He is responsible for the capital-goods fairs – transport logistic, transport logistic China, logitrans, ceramitec and Indian Ceramics. Within the company he is in charge of the Central Division for Financial and Legal Affairs, the Central Division for Construction and Engineering, as well as the Central Division for IT.
Before becoming a member of the Management Board, Mr Gerritzen held a number of executive positions at Messe München GmbH. Among other things, he has been responsible for administration, trade-fair services, data processing, purchasing and legal affairs. In 1998 he was appointed as Head of the Central Division for Internal Services, which included the departments of Finance, Controlling, Legal Affairs, Central Purchasing and Organization. In that position Mr Gerritzen was also responsible for assets, affiliate companies and insurance.
On 17 January 2017 Theresa May, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, introduced UK Government’s action plan, consisting of 12 major points regarding UK’s withdrawal from the European Union
European cooperation is necessary in order to improve inland waterway transport integration into the multimodal logistic chains. This opinion was shared by around 130 participants from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, Finland, Belgium and Czech Republic, who gathered in Warsaw on 21 November to discuss ways to enhance inland navigation in the Baltic Sea Region.
The Warsaw conference also served as the first annual conference of the three-year-long Interreg project EMMA together with the annual capital conference of KEO ‒ Chambers’ Union Elbe/Oder. EMMA enhances freight mobility and logistics by strengthening inland waterway and river-sea transport, as well as promoting new international shipping services.
· Approximately 13,500 participants from 50 countries
· 180 exhibitors from 26 nations
· logitrans – the gathering for the Eurasian logistics industry
The magazine SEA has been published since 1935
International business magazine JŪRA MOPE SEA has been published since 1999
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