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RAME Beirut 2019

FIATA’s annual RAME conference took place on June 24 and 25 in Beirut, Lebanon. The Lebanese Forwarders Syndicate  (LFS) was proud to host the event under the patronage of Saad Hariri, which was first of its kind in Beirut at the Phoenicia Hotel. 


RAME—which stands for Region of Africa and the Middle East—is an annual conference organized by FIATA with the aim of connecting freight forwarders and shipping companies across the Middle Eastern and African regions, as well as networking and exchanging ideas, latest trends in transportation, and promoting the collaboration between between the public and private sectors. 


The conference was organized through an array of numerous sessions, lead by distinguished moderators and respectable speakers. Topics of discussion varied widely, covering most areas of transport and shipping. The event opened with its first session: The Reconstruction of Syria and Iraq, Oil and Gas, where the guests offered ideas and initiatives their respective companies can take. Some of the other topics handled throughout the first two days include digitalization and the future of smart shipping, the Belt and Rope Initiative, youth vocational training, and women employability. The panels were followed by Q&As to open the floor to questions by the audience. 


Honorable guests also attended—sort of superstars in the freight forwarding world. The CEO of Middle East Airline Mohammad AlHout, FIATA president Babar Badat, FIATA senior vice president Basil Pietersen, NAFL president Nadia Abdul Aziz, among others, were all present  and participating, sharing their ideas and vision with the attendees. 


Knowledge and networking aren’t the only things the event had to offer. Middle East Airlines sponsored a gala dinner at their headquarters in Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport for all of the attendees to enjoy and let loose. Additionally, a visit to the Beirut Port and a finger food and drinks reception was in order, hosted by the Beirut Port and the Beirut Container Terminal Consortium. The 26th was reserved for touristic activities around Lebanon, visiting Jeita Grotto and the city of Byblos. 


While RAME includes a handful of countries, the nationalities present were many and varied. Over 450+ delegates from over the world participated, representing their respective companies, some which had booths around the conference hall. Companies like ABC Shipping Co, CMA CGM, Bank of Beirut, and the National Association of Freight and Logistics (UAE) all had booths, uniting the countries of the Middle East and Africa. 


The event had a number of sponsors, including BCTC, MSC, CMA CGM, Bank of Beirut, NAFL, ABC Shipping Co, all of which helped make the event into what it was. 


RAME2019 marks new hope for Lebanon, a country continuously riddled by doubt. The promise of growth, stability, and opportunity looms over it, hoping to release it from its bad luck and give it the economic stability it deserves. 







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