The Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani) announced that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has won the bid to host the 2026 UNCTAD Global Supply Chains Forum, enhancing the Kingdom’s standing and leadership as a global logistics hub bridging the three continents.

Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Minister of Transport and Logistic Services and Chairman of the Saudi Ports Authority, said that the Kingdom’s hosting of this pioneering event reflects its prominent standing on the global arena and its significant influence in international organizations. He also noted the wise leadership’s keenness to support the transport and logistics system to achieve its developmental and service initiatives, ultimately reaching the ambitious targets of the National Transport and Logistics Strategy (NTLS) in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

Al-Jasser added that the Kingdom’s hosting of the 2026 UNCTAD Global Supply Chains Forum is a culmination of the prominent efforts in the ports and supply chains sector. It also reflects the growth in operational capabilities and efficiency, and the investments made by Mawani to develop infrastructure and maritime services in partnership with the private sector. Additionally, it highlights the increased rates of linking the Kingdom’s ports with global ports and the significant growth of strategic partnerships with major global shipping lines, which has contributed to adding new maritime services connecting the Kingdom to world continents, and supporting trade, exports, and links to foreign markets.

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On the other hand, Omar Hariri, President of the Saudi Ports Authority (Mawani), clarified that this achievement reflects the success of efforts in developing standards for providing logistical services, supporting global trade, adopting the best innovative technologies in maritime and logistics services, and using artificial intelligence to develop services provided to beneficiaries. This contribution ensures a more inclusive and sustainable future for global supply chains.

It is worth noting that the UNCTAD Global Supply Chains Forum is a global, qualitative event that brings together leaders, experts, and international organizations to shape the future of global trade. It also serves as a global dialogue platform aimed at stimulating investment in sustainable development areas and shaping the international investment environment in line with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

Source: Saudi Ports Authority


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