T&T hosts Caribbean ship­ping and lo­gis­tics in­ter­ests for ma­jor con­fer­ence

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

SOME OF the largest and most in­flu­en­tial sup­ply chain stake­hold­ers across this hemi­sphere, com­pris­ing ship­ping lines, ship’s agents, cus­toms and mar­itime au­thor­i­ties, agen­cies, ports, and ter­mi­nals meet in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, next week for one of the Caribbean re­gion’s premier ship­ping con­fer­ences.

The Ship­ping As­so­ci­a­tion of Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) will play host to the Caribbean Ship­ping As­so­ci­a­tion’s (CSA) 46th An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing, Con­fer­ence & Ex­hi­bi­tion from Oc­to­ber 17-19. The CSA’s AGM will be jux­ta­posed with its in­ter­na­tional mar­itime ex­ec­u­tives’ con­fer­ence and a busi­ness ex­po­si­tion to pro­vide ex­cep­tional net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for del­e­gates who hail from not only the Caribbean, but North, Cen­tral, and South Amer­ica, as well as Europe.

The three-day event will be held at the Hy­att Re­gency Port-of-Spain ho­tel, where CSA pres­i­dent David Jean Marie will wel­come del­e­gates.

As re­quired by its con­sti­tu­tion, the CSA will tend to the busi­ness of the or­gan­i­sa­tion at its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing on the first day. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony, which in­volves gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, the CSA’s del­e­gates will get down to mak­ing key de­ci­sions con­cern­ing its lead­er­ship and op­er­a­tions. A spe­cial high­light of the day’s ac­tiv­i­ties will be a pre­sen­ta­tion by the Na­tional En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd.

The sec­ond and third days of the T&T con­fer­ence will fo­cus on pre­sen­ta­tions by in­ter­na­tional and re­gional mar­itime sec­tor lead­ers that will al­low del­e­gates a chance to hear the most up-to-date in­for­ma­tion on var­i­ous in­dus­try trends, in­clud­ing de­vel­op­ments in Cuban cruise ship­ping, port and cy­ber se­cu­rity, port pri­vati­sa­tion, tech­nol­ogy, and US elec­tion cam­paign is­sues’ po­ten­tial im­pact on the Caribbean mar­itime space. A port tour by sea will fol­low.

NET­WORK­ING AC­TIV­I­TIES

A ro­bust and en­gag­ing agenda, in­clud­ing a spouses pro­gramme and nightly so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties are the hallmark of any CSA con­fer­ence, and this year prom­ises to be no dif­fer­ent. Time has been set aside through­out the three-day event for net­work­ing ac­tiv­i­ties thereby al­low­ing par­tic­i­pants to meet to dis­cuss busi­ness mat­ters and to ini­ti­ate con­tact with po­ten­tial part­ners. The par­tic­i­pants, com­pris­ing CSA mem­bers, in­dus­try sup­pli­ers, and ser­vice providers, along with ob­servers, are ex­pected from more than 20 coun­tries in the Amer­i­cas and Europe.

The 46th An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing, Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion will end with the CSA’s an­nual Gala Ban­quet and Awards. This stel­lar event will be high­lighted by the an­nounce­ment of the win­ners of the an­nual Caribbean Port Awards, in­clud­ing Port of the Year.

The CSA, the voice of the Caribbean ship­ping in­dus­try, is head­quar­tered in Kingston at the of­fices of the Ship­ping As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica. It was es­tab­lished in 1971 to fa­cil­i­tate de­vel­op­ment of an ef­fi­cient, vi­able Caribbean ship­ping in­dus­try.

To reg­is­ter for the con­fer­ence, please visit https://www.re­gonline.com/builder/site/De­fault.aspx?Event ID=1860074, or visit the CSA’s web­site at: http://caribbean­ship­ping.org/.

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