WAM DUBAI, 6th February, 2014 (WAM) -- Top performers in electronic services adoption in the trade and logistics industry were honoured last night 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 ceremony was attended by Abdulla Al Saleh, Under-Secretary, Foreign Trade Sector at the U.A.E. Ministry of Economy, Mohammed Al Muallem, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, DP World, U.A.E. Region and Board Member of Dubai Trade, Mahmood Al Bastaki, CEO of Dubai Trade and more than 400 guests including heads of government departments and private sector companies, dignitaries, Dubai Trade business units, and large number of businessmen and members of the media.
The ceremony started with Mohammed Al Muallem's opening address welcoming the 6th ESEA guests and highlighting the leading role and growing status that the U.A.E. is enjoying, alluding to its achievement in the trade and logistics field.
"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 U.A.E. 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," he said.
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.
Appreciation awards were also granted to sponsors including Al Futtaim Logistics as Gold Sponsor, and Eros Group, Agility Logistics, Newage Software and Solutions, and Gulf Agency Company as Silver Sponsors.
Commenting on the award, Abdulla Al Saleh, Under-Secretary, Foreign Trade Sector at the U.A.E. Ministry of Economy, said, "The UAE has consistently looked at facilitating business through the effective use of cutting-edge technology, and 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 U.A.E. economy. It is such commitment that has enabled the U.A.E. 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 revolutionise e-service practices. 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 pro-activity, for creating rewarding initiatives aimed at bringing excellence" added Al Saleh.
Mahmood Al Bastaki congratulated the winning companies and wished them further progress and growth, assuring 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. "In line with the direction set in by Dubai's leadership; Dubai Trade has always been committed to boost the U.A.E.'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 and Logistics in Dubai." Al Bastaki added.