The 2018 IAPH World Ports Conference will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan. The first port in the Caspian region ever to host this event, Port of Baku is poised to become the leading trade and logistics hub of Eurasia. With its strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, as well as with the exciting new Free Trade Zone currently being developed, the Port of Baku will stimulate growth in the non-oil economy of the country by creating a stable and protected investment climate and attracting new sources of foreign direct investments.
The four-day conference will be held under the main theme “Ports of Future: Building Hubs, Accelerating Connectivity.” Participants will have a unique opportunity to come together to debate important and thought-provoking topics such as emerging transport corridors along the “One Belt, One Road” initiative; the contributions of free trade zones to domestic economies and the economies of the neighboring countries; and the concept of “SmartPorts,” and “Green Ports” in the 21st century. Along with interesting forums and discussions, the conference will be complemented by entertaining evening events, vivid cultural programs and sightseeing tours. Exciting and exotic tours to vineyards, the Baku Fire Temple, mud volcanoes, and a silk workshop are sure to leave an impression. Make sure you book early to enjoy the early bird discount at registration.iaphbaku2018.com. Registration is very simple – in just couple of clicks you will be able to register yourself and your accompanying person, select your accommodation and the activities that you would like to be involved in, and provide additional information about your travel itinerary.
Another piece of exciting news is that registration option with a five-star hotel accommodation is also available! Azerbaijan is likely to amaze you – and for all the right reasons: quality, value, style, reliability and an exciting element of the exotic. At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Baku is easily accessible with direct flights from many cities in the European Union, Central Asia, Russia and Middle East. The country is a model of stability and has reinvested much of its recently gained oil wealth on developing a sparkling, 21st century infrastructure that includes sleek new roads, magnificent hotels and state-of-the-art conference and sports facilities.
The fascinating capital, Baku, has been gaining attention in recent years, especially since 2016 when Formula 1 audiences worldwide were introduced to its charms. The thrilling Grand Prix of Europe buzzes around Baku city streets, passing grand century-old Parisian-style apartments, a walled medieval inner city and a range of dazzling modernist architecture. Baku’s parkland promenade sweeps around a limpid bay on the fabled Caspian Sea. At dusk look up to see a trio of 30-storey flame-shaped skyscrapers that appear to be burning. Don’t panic – it’s only a light show. Across town is one of the world’s greatest 21st-century landmarks, the Heydar Aliyev Centre, a crowning achievement in the stellar career of the late great architect Zaha Hadid. This iconic building will also be the main conference venue where the opening ceremony, forums, and various meetings of the IAPH Baku 2018 World Ports Conference will be held.
Located in the heart of the capital city and just a minute´s walk away from the Heydar Aliyev Centre, the Baku Congress Centre will be our venue for the exhibition. Completed in 2015 and designed by the Austrian architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au, Baku Congress Centre is a multifunctional centre with well-structured but flexible rooms and extensive public areas. We shall share further information shortly about all conference venues at www.iaphbaku2018.com
A decade of experience has radically improved the service sector in the Azerbaijan’s inviting restaurants and hotels. Visa rules have been radically simplified since January 2017. With a hospitable, highly educated population, stunning new facilities, and around 50 direct flights, there’s never been a better time to consider Azerbaijan.
Port of Baku team is looking forward to welcome you in Baku at IAPH Baku 2018!