His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday tweeted that the UAE had launched a global logistics passport at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“A year ago, we launched the ‘Dubai Silk Road’ as part of the 50–year Charter. Today we launched the global logistics passport at Davos, the world’s largest economic gathering, a move that confirms our progress in achieving our strategic project to ensure a promising future for our economy, with solutions that reiterates Dubai’s position as a link supporting global trade,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
The UAE is participating at the World Economic Forum being held in Davos, Switzerland. The UAE delegation included Sheikh Khalid bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Member of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Office; Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group.
"Trade is a major asset of the UAE economy. We have a long history and vast long experience in trade that qualifies us to play a leading role that supports the future of international trade and ensures equal economic opportunities for all. We look forward to working with our partners to make the Dubai Silk Road a guarantee for a prosperous economic future for the region and the world,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
The World Logistics Passport
The World Logistics Passport links Customs World, DP World, and Emirates Group to enhance connectivity through Dubai and, through expertise sharing and process development directly between partner countries. A pilot project operational since July 2019 has already increased trade by participants by 10 per cent.
The World Logistics Passport has been designed to overcome non-tariff trade barriers such as logistics inefficiency that currently limit the growth of trade between developing markets. South-South trade is already worth an estimated US$ 4.28 trillion annually, more than half of total developing countries’ exports in 2018, according to the WTO. However, many countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa have much smaller market shares in key export products in each other’s markets compared to their shares in developed countries, indicating the potential for further substantial growth, boosting prosperity.
Designed as a points loyalty scheme, the initiative has been set up to incentivise companies and traders to use Dubai’s world-leading logistics facilities in return for cost and time savings and enhanced customs clearances. Not only will this increase the ease of moving goods in Dubai, it will also foster more optimal direct trade routes between Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Globally, the World Logistics Passport will enable partner countries to leverage the expertise of Dubai’s institutions, such as DP World’s existing global logistics network of ports and economic parks, Emirates Group’s worldwide Dnata and SkyCargo network, and Dubai’s expertise in Customs and trade governance. As a result, these partner countries will be able to improve their own processes and capability to improve security, transparency and ease of moving goods, thus transforming them into global trade hubs.
Attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, said: “Through this strategy, we will offer many privileges and services that will help connect international markets by mobilising Dubai’s resources and infrastructure. The investments we made in Dubai’s airports, ports and free zones have made the city a global logistics hub and a bridge between the east and the west. The Dubai Silk Road strategy responds to the changes in international trade by offering new state-of-the-art logistics services using the latest smart applications.”
Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, Minister of Economy of the UAE, said: “These efforts are aimed at improving quality of service and attracting a higher share of international trade at a time when Dubai is preparing to host Expo 2020. The World Logistics Passport marks the beginning of the implementation of the Dubai Silk Road strategy that will lead to a new phase of economic growth. We aim to further boost Dubai’s position as a global economic and business hub, powered by our exceptional connectivity and logistics.
“Our objective of making the UAE a global leader in innovation aligns with Dubai’s strategy. Big data and disruptive technologies can optimise trade and logistics processes allowing the development of new trade routes. Dubai’s success story should be replicated in emerging economies which have the potential to become key trade partners for the UAE,” he added.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO, DP World, and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Freezone Corporation (PCFC) in Dubai said: “DP World has built a network of ports, economics zones, and logistics operations across six continents to enable smarter trade by offering cargo owners and consolidators of demand end-to-end, digitised supply chains. The World Logistics Passport will make trade through Dubai quicker, easier and more cost-effective, and help develop the economies of our partner countries.”
He further said: “The world is fragmented and divided along economic barriers; Dubai’s initiative can change policymakers’ stance from competition to collaboration. Trade is the engine for global economic growth. DP World is eager to support the Dubai Silk Road to improve the performance of global logistics.”
Speaking to global leaders at a private session organised by Dubai Logistics World (DLW) on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed said that the future of global trade is about to be disrupted by the emergence of new trading hubs that will leapfrog global stalwarts through technology adoption and optimisation of logistics processes.
Outlining Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s vision for the Dubai Silk Road, Sheikh Ahmed explained that Dubai is looking to expand its global footprint through partnerships and knowledge exchange with other global trade hubs.
By unlocking efficiencies and value within the fastest growing economies, Dubai wants to re-draw global trade maps and change the economics of globalisation in the coming decade.
Sheikh Ahmed highlighted the role of Dubai in facilitating global trade, considering its position at the centre of new trade corridors running East and West: “The Dubai Silk Road strategy recognises the interdependent nature of trade and the need for continuous collaboration towards common goals. Our objective is to exchange knowledge and capabilities with existing and new partners that want to work with Dubai and be pioneers in trade innovation along the Dubai Silk Road,” he said.
More than 60 global policymakers from countries including Ethiopia, India, South Africa, Brazil, Angola, Indonesia, Colombia and China contributed to the session. Participants in the session concluded that Dubai could act as a focal point in enabling the transition to a technology-enabled global trade industry. Participants also stressed the importance of governance and establishing suitable mechanisms for coordination to avoid disputes that may lead to loss of value and a slowdown of progress.