Top performers in electronic services adoption in the trade & logistics industry were honored on Wednesday February 5th, 2014 by Dubai Trade, the premier cross-border trade facilitator under Dubai World, at its 6th E-Services Excellence Award (ESEA) ceremony held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai. The event took place at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, DIFC in Dubai.
The high-profile ceremony was attended by H.E. Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary – Foreign Trade Sector at the UAE Ministry of Economy, Mr. Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region and Board Member of Dubai Trade, Eng. Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO of Dubai Trade and more than 400 guests including heads of government departments and private sectors, dignitaries, Dubai Trade business units, and large number of businessmen and members of the media.
The ceremony started with Mr. Mohammed Al Muallem’s opening address welcoming the 6th ESEA guests and highlighting the leading role and growing status that the UAE is enjoying, alluding to its achievement in the trade and logistics field.
He stated: “This celebration recognises the importance of Dubai Trade in empowering and enabling the supply chain through technology, which in turn drives trade in Dubai, the UAE and the wider region. We too are using technology to bring more efficiency for customers, with our new Container Terminal 3 under construction at Jebel Ali, which will be the world’s largest semi-automated facility. In pioneering large scale automation we continue to lead the industry and help realise our leaders’ vision of transforming Dubai into the frontline city of this century with smart systems using technology.”
The prestigious award, which is a Dubai Trade initiative, is organised annually since its inception in 2008 under its strategy of celebrating the successful partnership with Dubai Trade portal’s users and rewarding their excellence in e-Services adoption.
The nine winning organisations, whose representatives received the 6th E-Services Excellence Award for their top scores were: CMA CGM AND ANL (NE) L.L.C as Shipping Agent of the Year – Containerized Cargo, Naif Marine Services Co. as Shipping Agent of the Year – General Cargo, Kuehne & Nagel L.L.C. as Freight Forwarder of the Year, E-Freight Int’l LLC as Clearing Agent of the Year, Arabian Automobiles Co. LLC as Importer of the Year, Cars 4 U FZD as Exporter of the Year, Spring Valley Trading Co (LLC) as Re-Exporter of the Year, Brothers General Transport (L.L.C.) as Haulier of the Year, and McDermott Middle East as Free Zone Company of the year.
Appreciation awards were also granted to sponsors including Al Futtaim Logistics as Gold Sponsor, and Eros Group, Agility Logistics, Newage Software & Solutions, and Gulf Agency Company as Silver Sponsors.
Commenting on the award, His Excellency Abdulla Al Saleh, Undersecretary – Foreign Trade Sector at the UAE Ministry of Economy, said: “The UAE has consistently looked at facilitating business through the effective use of cutting-edge technology. E-services not only allow the seamless transaction processes but also enable businesses to reach a wider audience and ultimately register higher volumes and profits. It is heartening to see several companies leveraging the potential of e-services. I congratulate each of the winners for their achievement and thank them for their contribution to the growth of the UAE economy. It is such commitment that has enabled the UAE to consistently find a place among the world’s top destinations for ease of doing business.”
“This award is of great significance as it stimulates innovation and rewards its best performances by adopting their creativity into Dubai Trade’s portal. This is an empowering approach that cultivates the award’s competitors to revolutionize e-service practices. And to be able to meet the challenging standards of the award underlines the high-calibre the award attracts from the trade and logistics community in Dubai. The award continues to grow every single year with exciting and challenging themes and an effective way to spread awareness about e-services and its benefits to the trading community. I extend my utmost appreciation and gratitude to Dubai Trade, which has consistently demonstrated its proactivity, for creating rewarding initiatives aimed at bringing excellence,” added Al Saleh.
Eng. Mahmood Al Bastaki had a word in the award ceremony and informed that the competition was very high in this cycle and the selection of the winners was a tough job as the nominees adhere to the award criteria and standards. He congratulated the winning companies and wished them further progress and growth and assured them of Dubai Trade’s commitment to provide continued support in their contribution to the economic growth of the emirate.
In his speech, Al Bastaki highlighted the key achievements and projects that will further enhance and streamline trade and logistics practices. He also expressed his delight in informing that Dubai Trade recorded a robust growth including the number of registered companies that exceeded 90,000 companies wherein the year 2013 only an increase of 18,210 new companies was seen and the number of online transactions surpassed 16.9 million. “In line with the direction set in by Dubai’s leadership; Dubai Trade has always been committed to boost the UAE’s status as a global hub for trade and strengthen Dubai’s position as the main gateway for international trade by providing the “soft” infrastructure for Trade & Logistics in Dubai.” Al Bastaki added.
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