Mar
28
2013

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri Opens 11th Annual Fleet Forum Conference

“Gather •  Share • Change” is the focus  for meeting co-hosted by the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, UAE

28 March 2013 Dubai, UAE

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre, welcomed the 11th Annual Fleet Forum Conference to Dubai’s International Humanitarian City (IHC) on 27 March 2013. In his opening remarks he reminded participants of the important role that logistics plays in effective humanitarian aid and development. “We understand the power of transportation and logistics and appreciate the work of the Fleet Forum. Transport is a critical link in uniting diverse cultures worldwide and the critical enabler by which to reach families in need. Your work in vehicle safety and efficiency and in supporting the aid and development of transport sectors in low- and middle-income countries makes a key contribution.”

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Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre opened the 11th Annual Fleet Forum Conference, the first to be held in Dubai.  Pictured with Helal Saeed Almarri are Shaima Al Zarooni, Chief Executive Officer, International Humanitarian City- Dubai, and Paul Jansen, Fleet Forum Executive Director.

More than 80 participants are attending this year’s event, the first to be held in Dubai. The annual Fleet Forum Conference brings together the expertise of personnel from international non-government organisations (NGOs) that work in the humanitarian aid and development sector, international companies that supply products and services for transport and logistics, donor organisations, academic institutions with global recognition in transport and logistics, and intergovernmental organisations such as the agencies of the United Nations, including the World Food Programme (WFP), and the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The focus at the Conference this year is the impact that is achieved through collaboration, defined in the conference theme of “Gather • Share • Change.”

Founded in 2003, Fleet Forum is focused on transport effectiveness.  Fleet Forum is a non-profit entity that provides a collaborative platform for sharing ideas and the recognition of excellence and leadership in effective fleet management. By focusing on the development of effective practices in the areas of road safety, environmental impact, and cost efficiency, Fleet Forum is helping organisations meet their organisational and corporate goals.

Several charter members of the Fleet Forum Board and Advisory Board, including the WFP, IFRC, and World Vision, International—one of the largest NGOs in the world—have offices, and house their regional logistics operations, within the International Humanitarian City (IHC). Also among the participants in the conference are a number of other organisations that maintain their regional corporate presence within the IHC, so to be hosted by the IHC in Dubai for the annual Fleet Forum Conference is both an opportunity to strengthen collaboration and an indication of strong relationships for the benefit of all those working in the humanitarian aid and development sector. Ultimately, this has a significant impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of the efforts to strengthen fleet management and operations for the entire sector.

“It is an honor to be here in Dubai and to be hosted by the International Humanitarian City for our 11th Annual Conference,” says Paul Jansen, Fleet Forum Executive Director. “We are grateful to our hosts at the IHC for the excellent facilities and hospitality that they have extended to our members, and the way in which they have partnered with us in the 11th Annual Conference.”

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Fathi Hilal Buhazza, President and CEO of Maximus Air Cargo and Founder of Care by Air, addresses the 11th Annual Fleet Forum Conference, held at the International Humanitarian City-Dubai. 

Jansen also singled out the importance of the growing relationship between Fleet Forum and the IHC, placing an emphasis on the networking and infrastructure that is available in Dubai for improving the understanding of effective fleet management as a strategic imperative for organisations. “The alignment of the Fleet Forum Conference with the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD) offers a special opportunity for interaction between our Forum members and the exhibitors who are here in Dubai this week,” said Jansen, “We believe that the willingness of the IHC to host the Annual Conference this year is an indication of shared opportunities to serve the humanitarian aid and development sector in many ways as we look towards future events and collaboration.”

 

HE Helal Saeed Almarri echoed these sentiments in remarks at the Fleet Forum Conference, “Our companies share similar values and a desire to develop relationships that have a positive impact on our world. We share the belief that effective leadership has the power to transform. And we share the common purpose of overcoming transportation and logistic challenges in the humanitarian sector.”

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Travis Betz, Logistics Specialist with USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, addresses a breakout group at the 11th Annual Fleet Forum Conference, held at the International Humanitarian City-Dubai.

 

For more information about Fleet Forum, contact Paul Jansen at paul.jansen@fleetforum.org