AMTOI celebrates 25 years of driving growth in Indian Multimodal Transport Sector
* Marks Silver Jubilee with international collaborations and policy milestones; MoU inked between AMTOI & India-Netherlands Business Association
The Association of Multimodal Transport Operators of India (AMTOI) commemorated its 25th anniversary with grandeur and significance on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at The Blue Sea Banquets, Worli, Mumbai. The celebration, attended by dignitaries from the transport sector, government officials and industry leaders, highlighted AMTOI’s pivotal role in fortifying the Indian Multimodal Transport Sector’s contribution to the national GDP, exceeding 2%.
The President of AMTOI, Mr Xerrxes Master, delivered the welcome address, reflecting on the 25 years of AMTOI’s journey and expressing gratitude to the founding members and Past Presidents for their pivotal role in the Association’s history.
Mr Haresh Lalwani, Chairman of India-Netherlands Business Association (INBA), emphasised the development of INBA with the support of the Government of Netherlands in facilitating connections between Indian business houses and the Netherlands trade. He stressed the importance of strengthening relations between INBA and AMTOI.
As the Chief Guest of the event, Mr Bart de Jong, the Consul General at the Consulate of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Mumbai highlighted India-Netherlands trade developments and emphasised the vital role of the Port of Rotterdam as a gateway to Europe. He assured continuous assistance to the trade on behalf of the Government of Netherlands.
In a significant moment witnessed by esteemed dignitaries including Mr Bart de Jong, the Consul General of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Mumbai and Consul General Mr Frank Geerkens of the Consulate General of Belgium, Mumbai, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AMTOI and India-Netherlands Business Association (INBA), Mumbai took place. This MoU aims to leverage respective strengths to drive greater synergy and create new avenues for cooperation in international trade, logistics and multimodal transport between India and The Netherlands.
Mr Prashant Popat, in his vote of thanks, extended gratitude to the trade sponsors, WRC, NVO Council, Women’s Wing and Liquid Logistics Council for their continuous involvement and efforts towards AMTOI. The evening concluded with musical entertainment, cocktails and dinner.
Dignitaries in attendance:
* Mr Bart De Jong, Consul General at the Consulate of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Mumbai (Chief Guest)
* Mr Frank Geerkens, Consul General of the Consulate General of Belgium, Mumbai
* Past Presidents and Managing Committee Members of AMTOI
* Representatives from the transport sector, government officials and industry leaders
A forward-thinking trade association
With a pan-India membership and representation from all regions, the celebration underscored AMTOI’s commitment to fostering resilience and discipline within the Indian Multimodal Transport Operators community. The meticulously coordinated gathering aimed to unite industry stakeholders in navigating the evolving business landscape with collective strength and purpose.
AMTOI’s proactive engagement in policy advocacy and active participation in initiatives such as the Gati Shakti programme have positioned it as a forward-thinking trade association. Recognising its significance, the Indian Government views AMTOI as a frontrunner for the role of a Single Regulatory Organization (SRO) in the multimodal sector, emphasising its role in efficient policy formulation and implementation.
“The past 25 years of AMTOI’s operations are a testament to its unwavering commitment to driving growth and development in the Indian Multimodal Transport Sector,” remarked Mr Xerrxes Master, AMTOI President. “As India pursues its goal of becoming a 5 trillion USD economy, AMTOI’s efforts are pivotal in realising this vision and benefiting every logistics company in the country.”
As AMTOI enters its next chapter, it continues to be a beacon of excellence, innovation and collaboration in the Indian Multimodal Transport Sector, setting the stage for further milestones and achievements in the years to come, emphasised a communique.
Source: Exim News Service: Mumbai, Feb. 10