'How ports connectivity and expansion is unlocking trade and economic growth'

Returning to Morocco for the 3rd year running, PFI Casablanca will bring maritime, transport, infrastructure and industrial experts together to look at how Morocco is maintaining – and indeed enhancing - its position as a heavyweight hub for trade growth and logistics competitiveness in Africa.


Agenda Day 1 – 21 September 2016

08:30: Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

09:30: Opening Notes from Conference Chair
Dominique Lafont, CEO of Lafont Africa Corporation, senior advisor to KKR, former president and CEO of Bolloré Africa Logistics

09:45: Welcome Address
Francine Torbett, Director of Trade for Morocco and Consul General Casablanca, Department for International Trade, British Consulate

Session 1: Assessing Morocco's Position as a Sea-Bridge Between Europe and Africa

10:00: Keynote Address 2: An Overview of Morocco's Port Strategy and Implementation 
Sanae El Amrani, Head of Planning And Finance Division, Directorate of Ports and Maritime Public Domain

10:30:Ports and Terminals as Key Accelerators for the Moroccan Economy
Elad Levi, CFO, APM Terminals West-Med

11:00: Tea/Coffee Break

11:30: Market Study: Assessing Morocco's Position as a Sea-Bridge between Europe and Africa, and within Africa
Mohammed Adnane Ouzzine, Financial Adviser, Morocco's Ministry of Economy and Finance

  • A macroeconomic view

12:00: Future Megatrends - Impact on Ports & Maritime Sector
Rohan Mittal, Director – Capital Projects & Infrastructure, PwC India

  • How have ports transformed over the past 10-20 years?
  • Likely megatrends going forward (technological advancement, shifts in global economic power, urbanisation, climate change, demographic & social changes)
  • Impact on ports and maritime sector

12:30: Question and Answer Session

12:45: Lunch

Session 2: Financing Efficient and Sustainable Transport and Infrastructure Hubs

14:00: Investment & Transaction Scenarios for Optimum Development
Jean-Philippe Paquin, Ports & Marine Practice Leader, CPCS

14:30: Harnessing Casablanca's Role as Financial and Transport Centre
Mustapha Mourahib, Managing Partner, Clifford Chance International LLP

15:00: Investing into African Ports: the Financial Investor's Perspectives
Romain Py, Executive Head of Transactions, African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM)

16:00: Tea/Coffee Break

Session 3: From the Ground Up – Balancing Risk Throughout the Lifecycle of a Port
Moderated by: Stephen Leeming, Partner, Jardine Lloyd Thompson – JLT

16:15: Case Study: Balancing Risk with Port Investment and Development Strategies
Gavin Dow, General Manager - Strategy & Business Development, Modern Terminals (Hong Kong)

16:40: Setting the Scene: From Piles to Tiles
Andrew Webster, Partner, JLT

17:05: The Global Change: Political Risk Insight
Mark Trevitt, Class Underwriter, Ports and Terminals & Marine Liabilities, IGI

17:30: Managing the Cyber Challenge
Max J. Bobys, Vice President, Global Strategies, HudsonAnalytix, Inc.

17:55: Question and Answer Session

18:00: Summary Notes Followed by Networking Reception, Kindly Hosted by IGI, until 19:30


Agenda Day 2 – 22 September 2016

08:30: Registration & Welcome Tea/Coffee

10:00: Opening Notes from Conference Chair - Review of Day 1
Steve Hanrahan, Port & Shipping Consultant

Session 4: Trade and Transport Facilitation Assessment

10:15: Digital Transformation Leading Development in Ports and Terminals
Tarik Maaouni, CIO, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)

Session 5: Beyond the Cloud: How Smart Technology is Transforming the Ports Environment

10:45: Developing a Single Window Trade Portal for Global Trade Facilitation
Youssef Ahouzi, Head of IT, PortNet

11:15: Tea/Coffee Break

11:45: Panel Discussion: Reaching Smart Ports: From Regional Interoperability to the High Concentration and Interdependence around PCS and Single Windows
Navigating and meeting the complexity of regulatory requirements in international trade is never an easy task; especially so when traders need to move many different types or combinations of cargo across multiple Customs and borders.
Moderated by:
Tarik Maaouni, CIO, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP)

Panellists include:
Abdelaziz Ennaciri, General Manager Portel Maroc, Portel Servicios Telematicos S.A.
Hicham HIMRI, Agency manager, Member of APRAM 
Ahouzi Youssef, Head of IT Department, PortNet S.A?.

12:15: Ports as Drivers of Greening Maritime Transport
Olaf Merk, Administrator Ports and Shipping, International Transport Forum (ITF) at OECD

  • Possible role for Morocco within the light of COP22

12:45: Lunch

Session 6: Port Efficiency – The Role of Logistics and the Supply Chain

13:45: Defining an Intelligent Strategy for Port and Harbour Efficiency
Ahmed Loukili, Vice President, ACOPM

  • Defining and analysing an intelligent policy and maritime chain
  • Measures to be taken to achieve the desired efficiency

14:15: Trade Logistics and Competitiveness in Morocco
Dr. Mustapha El Khayat, President, AMLOG

14:45: Question and Answer Session

15:00: Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Mediation and Conciliation for Port Passage Fluidity
Merbouh Kaoutar, Assistant Professor, Seagoing Master

15:15: Summary Notes followed by Tea/Coffee Break

*Certain speakers, topics, titles and content may be subject to alteration. The organiser reserves the right to make changes to the programme as necessary


Venue:  Sofitel Casablanca Tour Blanche
Address: Rue Sidi Belyout 20 190 - Casablanca, Morocco

Map of Venue:

For Enquiries regarding parking, please contact:
Email: H6811@sofitel.com

Please contact Nawal Souky directly to arrange your accommodation at the Sofitel.

Please contact: Nawal Souky
Tel: (00212) 522 456 300
Email: H6811@sofitel.com

Special Port Finance International Delegate Rate from 19th to 23rd September:
Rooms are subject to availability.

  • Classic room 2450 MAD
    (Cancellation policy - Full deposit is not refundable even if the booking is cancelled or modified. 
    Full amount of stay is payable in advance by credit card at booking time).
  • Superior room 2650 MAD
    (No cancellation charge applies prior to 18:00 (local time), up to 3 days prior to arrival. Beyond that time, the first night will be charged. Booking must be guaranteed by providing a credit card).
  • Luxury room 2850 MAD
    (No cancellation charge applies prior to 18:00(local time) on the day of arrival. Beyond that time, the first night will be charged).
    Breakfast at 250.00 MAD per person per day
    Taxes 49.50 MAD per person per day

Alternative Accommodation if you miss the cut off deadlines:
We have put together a unique HotelMap that shows our hotel deals at nearby hotels. - https://www.HotelMap.com/pro/MV2XTAlternatively, if you would like assistance with your hotel booking you can contact Jessica Heili, our dedicated concierge. If you email Jessica with your requirements, phone number and (Jessica_Heili@HotelMap.com) - she will get back to you to discuss your hotel options.

Points of interest:

  • Hassan ii Mosque
  • La Corniche
  • Habbous District
  • Old Medina

Visitor Information:

  • Currency: Moroccan Dirham (MAD)
  • Climate: temperatures vary from 20°c to 30°c in summer and from 15°c to 20°c in winter
  • Visas: contact your travel agent, the Moroccan embassy or airline for up-to-date visa requirements
  • Languages: French and Arabic, English widely spoken
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