Q & A

Maritime Gateway - - Event Review -

Reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties in In­dia are still not ac­cept­ing the dig­i­tal in­ter­face. How can they be brought onto the band­wagon?

We ac­tu­ally want to in­vite reg­u­la­tors to par­tic­i­pate with us in the dis­cus­sions, so that they lis­ten from in­dus­try ex­perts and un­der­stand what is bet­ter for the in­dus­try and act ac­cord­ingly. We wel­come reg­u­la­tors join­ing CON­NECT and get ad­vice from our mem­bers.

What is the roadmap for CON­NECT?

To­day we have iden­ti­fied few work groups to tackle ini­tial ques­tions. We have iden­ti­fied steer­ing com­mit­tee groups who have con­trol over the fi­nal out­come. Any com­pany work­ing in ocean ship­ping or IT for ocean ship­ping can join as mem­ber and con­trib­ute in what­ever way it spe­cial­izes by join­ing the work groups. The steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers chair the work groups and will steer the dis­cus­sions and the work groups can find so­lu­tions to ques­tions re­lat­ing to APIS or EDIS. It is an ini­tia­tive to solve things to­gether.

How do you mo­ti­vate stake­hold­ers to come on such an ope­nended ini­tia­tive?

We have no short­age on the amount of par­tic­i­pa­tion as we have the cred­i­bil­ity and there is en­thu­si­asm among the in­dus­try to come to­gether as it helps them in chart­ing their strat­egy. This ini­tia­tive is only to de­velop stan­dards and does not re­quire par­tic­i­pants to share data.

Does the pre­dic­tive an­a­lyt­ics also help in­land ports and CFS?

As of now we only look at the port-to-port de­lays, but it’s time we try to con­nect with more stake­hold­ers in the in­dus­try who are ready to share data and make our so­lu­tions use­ful to them.

Inna Kuznetsova, Pres­i­dent and COO, INTTRA

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