A new two-day event focusing on the entire dry bulk chain is scheduled to take place in Geneva in one year’s time.
Launched last week in Singapore, ‘Geneva Dry’ will be held at Hotel President Wilson on the banks of Lake Geneva on May 2-3, 2024. It will be high-level business summit aimed at everyone in involved in the dry bulk industry, bringing together analysts, financiers, miners, traders and shipowners in different panel sessions to discuss where the markets are headed.
Switzerland’s Geneva has been chosen as host city for the event since it is the world’s biggest commodities trading hub with a global market share estimated at 35% for oil, 60% for metals, 50% for cereals and 40% for sugar.
“The vast majority of the big players in international trade have a presence in Geneva, and yet until now this landlocked city has not had a premier global event to cater for all their shipping needs,” commented V. Subramanian (‘Subra’), Geneva Dry’s event director. “Geneva Dry will serve as the platform for dry bulk deals to be sealed.”
The city is also home to MSC, the world’s largest container line and one of the biggest cruiseship operators, as well as a host of international organisations including UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development).
Confirmed speakers for the Geneva Dry event, which is organised by Singapore-based Asia Shipping Media, already include: Edward Buttery, CEO of London-listed Taylor Maritime and Grindrod Shipping; Tim Huxley, CEO of Mandarin Shipping; Olivia Lennox-King, COO of handysize giant Cetus Maritime; John Michael Radziwill, chairman of Monaco-based GoodBulk; and Alexander Saverys, CEO of Antwerp-based CMB.