After a hiatus of two years due to pandemic scenario, the 46th ACAAI Annual Convention has started today at Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park from 24th to 27th Nov, 2022. 

The inaugural session of the convention began with lightening of the lamp, followed by an address by ACAAI Convention 2022 Chairman Anil Vazirani, who threw light on the overall programme of the session, a situation of lack of preparedness to handle pandemic. “Pandemic has passed us and now we look forward to smooth functioning. New technology is the way of our life and to make our business effective.” With this, he gave an overview of the convention. In his opening speech, the President of ACAAI Afzal Malbarwala said, “The discussions and brainstorming will revolve around sharing knowledge gained, technical know-how on adapting newer methods in our routine operational cycles, areas which have come up in our industry radar as weak zones and potential processes to strengthen the same etc. The idea is to share what each of us has learnt in difficult times and how we can collectively manage in future.”

“National Logistics Policy and PM’s Gati Shakti Plan are the roadmap to definite success and the industry is appreciative of the same. It requires enormous participation from our side as well and we are gearing up for the same.”, he added. This is followed by the ACAAI Souvenir launch Chief Guest S. Burak Omeroglu , VP – Cargo Sales (Middle East and South Asia), Turkish Cargo, Dubai and Keynote address by Mr Sudipta Ghosh, Partner, PwC.  

BUrak from Turkish Cargo, emphasised on the pandemic scenario and how the togetherness of two countries (India and Turkey) turned out to be a great job. This act of togetherness proved resilient. “However, post pandemic different challenges are ahead to prove ourselves. But I am sure the future of the cargo industry is bright and it will bounce quickly and strongly. I believe in this industry and in this country (India).”

Sudipta Ghosh from PwC took through the slides of some simulation and tackled the environment and how to build a “digital twin” of the supply chain. “A sentient office in an organisation is a clarion call,” this is what he emphasised. Following this, Vice President of ACAAI C K Govil presented the vote of thanks. The dias was also shared by Hony. Secretary General Samir J Shah, Hony. Treasurer Praveen Menon. 

To make the event more attentive and interactive, mind reader and magician showed tricks and enthralled the delegates.  Also there were tickets and an iPhone given out as a lucky dip.