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Sheikh Nahayan calls for “One World, One Supply Chain”

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Cabinet Member and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, recently inaugurated the 6th International Procurement and Supply Chain Conference 2021, in Dubai, which is the biggest of its kind in the Middle East.

Emphasizing that the need for a closely connected global supply chain network now is even greater, His Excellency praised Blue Ocean Conferences, for organizing this mega union of business leaders successfully.

Applauding this bold initiative of Blue Ocean, His Excellency remarked “I congratulate you on the selection of the theme of this conference – One World, One Supply Chain – Evolution of a Connected Global Supply Chain Community is both important and timely.”

Addressing a global audience, His Excellency stated how UAE has historically played a leading role in being a facilitator and mediator to a great many international events and created an environment enriched with stability and financial integrity. He also encouraged everyone to visit the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai, a magnificent event hosted by UAE.

Speaking of how supply chain issues continue to reflect the reality of the global business environment, His Excellency further added, “Our businesses are increasingly characterized by complex partnerships with other business, organizations, and government agencies – and they depend on their partners to follow the same principles and to fulfill their roles and obligations with efficiency, integrity, and transparency. UAE will soon be the nerve centre of a Global , Connected Supply Chain due to its access to the world markets and business friendly policies of the visionary leadership.”

Adding to it, top Supply Chain expert and CEO of Blue Ocean Academy, Dr. Sathya Menon said, “Even in the future economy, supply chain disruptions will continue, which is why the entire supply chain needs to act as one and facilitate seamless flow of information. Supply Chain eco system needs to sense  and react quickly to any  variability in the data. the The pandemic situation has taught us the value of collective strength. To control disruptions and apply quick corrective measures for a seamless operation of goods, we must treat supply chain as one, a measure which falls within the endeavors of One World One Supply Chain.”

Dr. Menon also thanked His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mabarak Al Nahayan for his blessings and appreciation for Blue Ocean’s flagship event, the 6th IPSC Conference.

The star-studded event which took place in Dubai’s Atlantis, The Palm saw the presence of top leaders like His Excellency Sheikh Awad Bin Mohammed bin Sheikh Mujrin, HFZA Director His Excellency Saud Salim Al Mazrouei, and Indian billionaire entrepreneur Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Airtel, among several others.

The 6th IPSC Conference also featured the prestigious IPSC 2021 Awards, which celebrate inspirational leadership from the industry.  All the awards witnessed tough competition and saw winners from the mainland and overseas.

While Mr. Maraee Al Qahtani, Deputy Minister at Ministry of Health, KSA and Ms. Stacie Tackett, Senior Director at Pfizer, ME/Africa won the Procurement and Supply Chain Leader, and Woman Leader in Procurement and Supply Chain awards respectively, top companies like United Parcel Service (UPS) and Solutions by STC, KSA bagged awards for Outstanding Support – Supply Chain Management During Crisis Times, and Innovation in Procurement and Supply Chain Practice categories respectively. Several others were honoured in other categories.

“All the categories were hotly contested, and the Jury members had a tough time selecting the best. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone else who took part, for their outstanding achievements and demonstrating high spirits in the quest for excellence,” added Mr. Abdul Azeez, Chairman of Blue Ocean Academy.

Post pandemic, this was the region’s first biggest event in the procurement and supply chain industry to take place in person, where attendees took the opportunity to share their opinions and knowledge on the different aspects of supply chain optimization and its overall management.

Mr. Mohammed Al Ali, Vice Chairman said, “The 6th IPSC Conference facilitated a mega union of almost 800 professionals from 500 organizations and was appropriately aligned to the idea of a global community providing more power for business. Thanks to everyone who took their time out to make it a grand success.”

Because of the recent tough times, IPSC had to take a brief hiatus. With the situation improving, Blue Ocean made a quick call and brilliantly pulled off its signature Conference with exceptional elan.

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