In­no­va­tion on move in fo­cus at IRU meet

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

The IRU is be­ing held at a time when the world is wit­ness­ing the strad­dling of new global trad­ing routes, af­fect­ing the move­ment of peo­ple and goods, in ad­di­tion to the rapid in­no­va­tion tak­ing place in the road trans­port sec­tor as a re­sult of the in­dus­try be­com­ing in­creas­ingly dig­i­tal, con­nected and au­to­mated.

Chris­tian Labrot, Pres­i­dent of the IRU, stated, “This Congress is timely, be­cause the world we all op­er­ate in is chang­ing rapidly. From geopo­lit­i­cal in­se­cu­rity, in­creases in pro­tec­tion­ism and cli­mate change, to dig­i­tal­i­sa­tion, Uberi­sa­tion, al­ter­na­tive and driver­less ve­hi­cles. But with chal­lenge comes op­por­tu­nity. Our goal in the com­ing days is to set the in­dus­try on the right path to pros­per from the op­por­tu­ni­ties. We are also here to net­work be­cause we can’t achieve any of this un­less we work to­gether.”

Labrot added, “We are here be­cause Oman sits at the heart of some of the most dy­namic trans­port cor­ri­dors in the world. Strad­dling trade routes, an­cient and modern, be­tween Asia, Africa and Europe, Oman has an am­bi­tious plan to be­come one of the world’s lead­ing lo­gis­tics and trade hubs. The Oman lo­gis­tics strat­egy 2040 is a great ex­am­ple for all of us to fol­low.”

Held un­der the theme, “In­no­va­tion on the Move”, this year’s Congress aims to ex­plore the role of tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments in op­ti­mis­ing op­er­a­tions man­age­ment, driv­ing con­tin­u­ous improve­ment and fa­cil­i­tat­ing trade.

José Manuel Durão Bar­roso, Chair­man of Gold­man Sachs In­ter­na­tional and For­mer Pres­i­dent of the Eu­ro­pean Com­mis­sion, urged the in­dus­try to work to­gether to ef­fect pos­i­tive change. “It is es­sen­tial to talk, re­gard­less of dif­fer­ing in­ter­ests and an­i­mosi­ties, be­cause talk­ing is what leads to deals, which in turn means trade and global pros­per­ity,” he said.

Rapid change

Urg­ing lo­gis­tics ex­perts and pro­fes­sion­als to in­no­vate, fu­tur­ist and in­no­va­tion ex­pert Jim Car­roll, stated, “In a time of rapid change, you can’t ex­pect to get by on what has worked in the past. You must be will­ing to do things dif­fer­ently. Aban­don rou­tine – em­brace ve­loc­ity!”

A dec­la­ra­tion was also signed be­tween IRU, Mwasalat, and the Royal Oman Po­lice Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Cus­toms. It reaf­firms the Sul­tanate’s com­mit­ment to boost­ing trade across its borders and work­ing in part­ner­ship to bring the glob­ally ap­pli­ca­ble in­ter­na­tional cus­toms tran­sit and the TIR sys­tem to life in Oman.

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