The Caribbean Shipping Association’s 40th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition was officially opened Monday (October 11) by Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry, at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay.
Hundreds of delegates, including Ministers of Government, political leaders and top leadership of the regional shipping industry, attended.
The three-day conference, scheduled to end Wednesday (October 13), is being held under the theme, “Regional integrated Maritime Strategy (RIMS): Dawn of a New Beginning”, and is expected to chart the way forward for shipping in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Presenters and panelists at the interactive sessions will discuss current maritime issues, and how to successfully implement the RIMS 10 deliverables, that will lead to viable, profitable and sustainable cargo, cruise and luxury yacht sectors in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Minister of Transport and Works, Hon. Mike Henry (centre) in discussion with top leaders in Shipping during the 40th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) at the Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay Monday (October 11). Also pictured are (from left), Moderator, Clive Forbes; Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, Rear Admiral Peter Brady; President of the Caribbean Shipping Association, Carlos Urriola; and Michael Bernard.
In his address, Mr. Henry observed that the world was ‘impatient’ for the timely delivery of goods and services, by way of the four elements of travel – road, rail, sea and air.
“With the development of communications, the world has become impatient for the delivery of goods and services. It means, therefore, that the aspect of approach of the movement of goods and services can no longer be isolated to any one avenue of transportation,” he said.
He said that the question was how to connect them, and how to make goods, services and people move across the globe in the quickest possible time.
“We recognize therefore that, in these challenging moments, what we must do is begin to capitalize on it. We must begin to do that against the background of recognizing where we are from, what we are as part of the Caribbean, what we have contributed to the world and by extension, how can we now reclaim our place in the world, today,” he stated.
He said despite the economic challenges, Jamaica could ensure its place, against the background of how to connect port to rail, move cargo from mother ships to the smaller ships and ensure that goods arrive at their destination two to four days earlier than anyone else could.
He expressed the hope that the conference would trigger a spirit of cooperation within the region to enable it to reach out to North America, Canada and Europe, and even the Far East.