Key Topics

  • A sustainable development approach to cold chain, in line with government goals.
  • The significance of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in the context of a need for establishing additional cold storage infrastructure and strengthening sustainable development goals; the critical importance of food safetyand quality assurance (FSQA) as underpinning the success of the quadrennial mega-sporting extravaganza
  • The current state of health of large, medium and small cold storage warehouses in terms of FSQA performance – the quality of specialised refrigeration-related consultancy and contracting services, plus operations and maintenance
  • The integrity of cold storage warehouses, and the burden of liability: A close look at the current scenario, and the responsibility of the owner of the food business, landlord of the property, consultant and contractor
  • The importance of purpose-built facilities
  • A role for regulators in enhancing the quality of cold storage construction through specific building codes for greater reliability and for conserving energy
  • The critical importance of enforcement measures and technical capacity building of inspection teams
  • The compulsions and constraints faced by specialised refrigeration consultants and contractors – the larger picture – and how they are possibly affecting or impairing their ability to deliver optimum solutions with an eye on energy efficiency and reliability
  • How technology solutions providers can offer cutting-edge solutions towards greater energy efficiency, emissions reductions and reliability;business terms & conditions; and aftermarket services and support structures
  • The role of Warehouse Management Systems, and the importance of training and capacity building of warehouse personnel, including managers and food handlers
  • International transport refrigeration standards, codes and best practices: What aspects in them can the region look to adopt?
  • Fleet health: Examining the condition of transport refrigeration involved in the movement of perishable food products in the peninsula,in terms of overall vehicle condition and fitness, hygiene (seamless flooring, handling practices, maintenance), insulation (construction and assembly of panels, including proper interlocking) and air flow
  • Is there a need for evaluating and strengthening current enforcement mechanisms related to transport refrigeration?
  • Action plan and schedule for empowering enforcement officials with the necessary tools, skills and strategies to ensure the integrity oftransport refrigeration systems and processes in the region