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Preliminary Conference program

Speakers

Basil M. Karatzas

Founder and CEO,
Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co

Vasileios Logothetis

Vice President,
Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

Yuri Poladenko

Commercial Director,
Agritel

Ruslan Osypenko

CEO,
Chinese Commerce Association

Paul van Eulem

Director,
MTBS

Oleksandr Sagaydak

FNI, MIMarEST, CEO,
Olvia Maritime Ltd

Nikos Marmatsouris

Senior Marketing Manager,
GAC Shipping SA

William H. Meyers

Emeterius Professor,
FAPRI

Martin Bendersen

Program Team Member,
Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

Andrei Kupchenko

Analyst, Head of the information department,
APK-Inform Agency

Oleg Ustenko

Executive Director,
The Bleyzer Foundation

May 30

Venue: Hotel Maristella Marine Residence (2A Bernardazzi St.)
08:00-09:30 Registration of participants. Welcoming coffee
09:30-10:00 Official opening of the conference.
Welcoming speeches of the organizers, and the Exclusive Sponsor SGS Ukraine

10:00-11:30 Section I. Macroeconomics

• Macroeconomics and the global forming factors of the key trade trends

Speaker TBA

• Political and economic features of business development in Ukraine

Oleg Ustenko, Executive Director, The Bleyzer Foundation

• Building of international relations between Ukraine and other prospective consumer markets: specific features of the mentality and key elements

Speaker TBA

11:30-14:00 Coffee-break

12:00-14:00 Section II. Global grain perspective

• MARKET DRIVERS AND TRADE TRENDS: FAPRI COMMODITY OUTLOOK CHALLENGES

William H. Meyers, Emeritus Professor of Agricultural & Applied Economics of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI)

• EU market: challenges of the season-2018/19, expectations for 2019/20 MY

Speaker TBA

• North and South American market

Yuri Pokladenko, Commercial Director, Agritel

• Grain market of Asian countries: trends of 2018/19 MY & forecasts for 2019/20 MY

Speaker TBA

• Global demand for Black Sea grains: prospects of 2019/20 MY

Andrei Kupchenko, analyst, Head of the information department, APK-Inform Agency

• QUALITATIVE AND PHYTOSANITARY FEATURES OF SOFT WHEAT, CORN AND SOYBEANS HARVEST-2018, IN TERMS OF THE STATISTICS DATA BY SGS UKRAINE

Oleg Onischenko, Technical & Claims Questions Manager, SGS Ukraine

12:00-13:00 Parallel section. Arbitration focus
13:00-14:00 Parallel section. Container focus

14:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00-17:00 Section III. Global shipping perspective

• Modern challenges in the maritime industry

Vassilios Logothetis, Vice President, Hellenic Chamber of Shipping

• Near future of the maritime industry. The passion which creates reality

Nikos D. Marmatsouris, Senior Marketing Manager, GAC Shipping SA

• Funding of the fleet in the following 5-10 years. What prospects?

Basil Karatzas, Founder and CEO, Karatzas Marine Advisors & Co

• One Belt. One Road — what is the position of Ukraine?

Ruslan Osipenko, CEO, Chinese Commerce Association

• Current trends in the European port management

Paul van Eulem, Director, MTBS

• Current trends in the crackdown on corruption

Martin Benderson, Project officer of the Collective Action and Funding direction, Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

15:00-16:00 Parallel section. Shiprepair focus
16:00-17:00 Parallel section. IT focus (IT-solutions in the maritime traffic)

17:00-18:00 TOP-FACE rating of the grain market and logistics

Awarding of companies that won in the following categories:

I. Terminal of the year
II. Trader of the year
III. Shipper of the year
IV. Freight forwarder of the year

18:00-19:00 Completion of the presentation part of the first day. Negotiations of participants, aperitif
19:00-23:00 BIG Grain & Maritime Dinner for the conference participants (restaurant "Maristella Marine Residence")


May 31

09:30-10:30 Morning coffee

10:30-13:00 Section I. Local shipping perspective

• Transportation of grain cargoes

Speaker TBA

• Autonomous vessels in the Black Sea. What if?

Alexander Sagaydak, FNI, MIMarEST, CEO Olvia Maritime Ltd

• STOWAWAYS, AS A RESULT OF MODERN MIGRATION PROCESSES

Dmitry Rudenko, Maritime security consultant

• Competition in the river traffic

Speaker TBA

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Section II. Local grain perspective.

Panel discussion "Features of the Ukrainian grain market: in 20 mln to 100 mln tonnes"

Key issues:
— How can Ukrainian agrarians increase the yield figures and harvest 100 mln tonnes of agricultural products? Quality vs. quantity: what factors to help to overcome the "vs."?
— Infrastructure issues: where, how and what? How to store and load the logistics routes? How to transport? Problems with the railway lines, prospects of the road and river transportation. Where to ship? Prospects of the small ports
— Features of the Ukrainian grain market — the gray market, illegal takeover, laws…
— How to make trader's life easier? Trading instruments and new opportunities
— Does the world need 100 mln tonnes of Ukrainian agricultural products? Changes in the export volumes and geography. Notifications and phytosanitary issues: real problem or part of the global trade wars?
— Dialogue between the authorities and business: in the pursuit of compromise

Representatives of the large-scale agricultural holdings, TOP exporters, leading companies of Ukraine in the sphere of elevator storage, logistics (including river one), transshipment (deep and shallow water), as well as experts in the sphere of legislation, phytosanitary issues, representatives of specialized industry associations, committees, government agencies, etc. were invited as speakers.

16:00-17:00 Completion of the conference, discussions, final cocktail.