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France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai: CMA CGM, a partner for the Space-themed fortnight

The France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, have announced a partnership for the Space-themed fortnight from October 15 to October 28, 2021.

With a dedicated stand for the general public located on the esplanade of the France Pavilion for the two-week period, the CMA CGM Group will lift the lid for visitors on the solutions it uses to deliver more sustainable shipping and logistics services. As part of its efforts to pass on knowledge to the younger generations, the Group will also present its activities to a hundred school students from Dubai’s French lycée in the France Pavilion’s auditorium.

A model of the Group’s flagship, the CMA CGM JACQUES SAADE, the world’s first 23,000-TEU (Twenty-Foot Equivalent) vessel powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and a standard-bearer for French know-how and business around the world, will also be on display in the B2B area until March 2022.

For six months from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, the France Pavilion will spotlight the role played by France’s businesses, talents, ideas and key strengths in helping to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Of these key priorities, France has chosen to give special prominence to space and in particular to the imperative of rising to the new space exploration challenges via the special fortnight of events from October 15 to October 28, 2021.

CMA CGM ships French expertise and know-how around the world
The CMA CGM Group, which every year ships over 6 million tons of goods from France to destinations worldwide, exports French savoir-faire aboard its 542 vessels. Through this partnership, the Group plans to showcase its shipping and logistics expertise, together with the innovative and pioneering solutions it is rolling out to speed up the industry’s digitalization and energy transition.

Via its partnership with the France Pavilion, the CMA CGM Group aims to reaffirm its goal of taking France’s already first-class shipping and logistics and its space activities to an even higher level. It has set up an unprecedented five-year partnership with the CNES (France’s space agency) to support the shipping industry’s energy transition. That will involve developing smart routing systems harnessing a combination of satellite and navigation data, introducing next-generation port handling and optimizing logistics activities.

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Erik Linquier, Commissioner General for the France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and Chairman of Cofrex, commented: “The Space-themed fortnight provides an opportunity for France to rethink its position on space exploration in view of the social and environmental priorities we currently face. France plans to deliver innovations and new scientific feats in the field of space exploration and knowledge. So, I’m delighted to welcome CMA CGM, a Group that puts space innovations to work for its transport logistics activities.”

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the CMA CGM Group, stated: “Strongly attached to the Middle East through its history, the CMA CGM Group is proud to be a partner of the France Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Like our vessels flying the French flag, this Pavilion will promote the excellence and dynamism of our country and our company beyond the oceans.”

Expo 2020 Dubai, the top event in the 2021 international calendar
Expo 2020 Dubai, the first Universal Exhibition to be held in the MEASA (Middle East, Africa and South Asia) region, is devoted to the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. Featuring over 200 participants from all types of backgrounds—organizations, businesses and academic institutions—Expo 2020 Dubai expects to welcome 25 million visitors.

The Universal Expos have always ranked alongside the Olympic Games and the Soccer World Cup as international events of the highest standing. They are also among the longest-running, as the first was the Great Exhibition of London held in the United Kingdom back in 1851.

The aim of Universal Expos has now shifted to encouraging international cooperation and finding solutions to the major challenges humankind faces. During the six-month event, all the countries around the world get together to come up with new ideas and then to propose and implement practical solutions for the benefit of humanity. Just as it has been during the pandemic crisis, this is no longer a lofty ambition, but a vital imperative.
Source: CMA CGM

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