Addressing the most pressing issues in the Middle East region regarding logistics of pharmaceuticals and food material, the Cold Chain 2012 conference commenced yesterday at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai.
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“The MENA region being an arid and high temperate zone, maintaining cold chain in the pharmaceutical and food industries is of prime importance. More than 90% of products are imported to this region from all over the world.”, mentioned Prathapachandra Shetty , Emirates Star Fisheries, Dubai. Addressing the most pressing issues in the Middle East region regarding logistics of pharmaceuticals and food material, the Cold Chain 2012 conference commenced yesterday at Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa, Dubai. The conference is a complex interplay of product, packaging materials and transportation methods complying with an evolving regulatory landscape. Experts from leading healthcare, food and beverage companies are sharing their views on the hottest issues in cold chain and its management.
The key note speech and opening remarks were delivered by Shashi Shekhar, Founder and Group President of Supply Chain and Logistics Group (SCLG). His presentation gave an overview of cold chain and the global and local trends. Mr. Shekhar 's speech was followed by a presentation on cold chain hazard analysis by Dr. Fadi Naser Al-Natour, Agri - Food Risk Management Analyst, HACCP Team , Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority (ADFCA).
Attendees took part in a panel discussion on 'challenges of cold chain in the hospital industry, predictive tools for cold chain optimization and sustainable cold chain – food and pharmaceuticals.' This session was led by Dr. Kishan Pakkal, Director Operations from Zulekha Hospital. The audience had the opportunity to ask questions and participate in an interactive discussion with the speakers from the morning session.
After the morning networking session, Chairman Prathapa Chandra Shetty, Executive Director , Emirates Star Fisheries delivered his speech on significance of finely tuned cold chain in seafood industry and certification. Other speakers who presented on the first day were Osama Madhoon, MDC-Healthcare Operations Manager of Tamer Group, Ahsan S. Razzaq, General Manager Corporate Supply Chain CMILT from Olayan Financing Company, Ammar Aklan, VP of Supply Chain at Al Nahdi Medical Group to name a few.
Today, day two of the summit, started with a case study on “supply chain in McDonald‘s” , presented by Ala Mohammad, Senior Director Supply Chain Management - APMEA McDonald’s MEDC . Attendees got the opportunity to benefit from best practice case studies from different countries/continents to assure higher learning opportunity and for better understanding of sustainable cold chain in the food and pharmaceutical industries.
After a 'cool networking session' Nabil Hamade, Head of Supply Chain, National Food Products will share his views on impact of Kyoto protocol on existing equipments. Attendees can attend the final panel discussion in which the participants can ask questions from the speakers from day 1 and day 2.
Cold Chain 2012 is sponsored by TITAN Containers, Move One Inc., CANTEK and Envirotainer. It is supported by Supply Chain & Logistics Group (SCLG), The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport (CILT) and the Global Supply Chain Council (GSCC).
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