Top takeaways from GTR Mena 2021

The annual GTR Mena event returned (virtually) on February 15-17, to reflect on an eventful year for global trade and developments in the Middle East and North Africa. The event saw players from across the trade ecosystem join to discuss a wide range of topics, from building back trade resilience post-pandemic to the growing focus on ESG in the industry, the rise and rise of digitisation, and the opportunities and challenges brought about by the shifting political landscape. In this post-conference wrap-up, we bring together some of the main takeaways and key insights. Surviving and thriving in the face of myriad challenges In stark contrast to 2020’s GTR Mena gathering, at which talk revolved around the build-up to Dubai’s Expo 2020 and the potential of the numerous ‘Vision’ programmes put together by the region’s governments to further advance Mena’s role as a leading trade hub, conversations at the 2021 conference were dominated by the fallout from the events of the past 12 months. Aside from the Covid-19 pandemic, the oil-dependent economies of the GCC experienced the additional shock of the slump in oil prices, while a decline in overall global demand weighed on the region’s exporters. This, as panellists at the roundtable… continue reading

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