Marking its debut in the MSAR, the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) International Convention 2017 debuted yesterday at the Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, bringing together 200 delegates of the logistics and transport industry from more than 30 countries. The event, which runs until June 14, has chosen the theme ‘Smart Journey, Belt and Road’ and will focus on Smart Technology and the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) policy.
“We think that for logistics professionals in this region, OBOR is a very important topic. We wanted to allow our members to get more knowledge and understanding of the policy,” Michael Lam, founder of CILT Macao told Business Daily.
According to Rory J. Doyle, the Managing Director of Transport Events Management Limited – a Malaysian transport event organising company that will be responsible for next year’s CILT to be held in Malaysia – OBOR is a “hot topic” in the logistics industry at the moment.
“The initiative has been raised in almost all of our conferences. Everyone wants to talk about it and be a part of it. It’s still at an early stage so people don’t quite know how they can fit into it, but everyone wants to get on to that bandwagon,” Mr. Doyle told Business Daily.
Created in 2001, CILT is a global organisation with 34 member countries that looks to assist the logistics and transport industry in exchanging information and networking.
For the CILT Secretary General, Keith Newton, the city’s hotels and venues make it a “great place to run a convention” with its geographical location allowing Asian members to easily take part.
According to Mr. Lam, the MSAR Government has also provided “very generous support to this international event” with its organisation receiving assistance from the International Meeting and Trade Fair Support Programme provided by the Macau Trade and Investment Promotion Institute (IPIM).
The IPIM plan provides MICE events with different types of financial support, such as a grants of 50 per cent of the promotion and marketing costs up to a maximum amount of MOP100,000 (US$12,452), or subsidies to bring overseas keynote speakers.