Q & A
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