The potential economic development within the Greater Caribbean remains underexploited. Regional trade is limited, unidirectional and does not provide a critical mass to attract the attention of adequate commercial shipping and airlines to the region. Although the Caribbean occupies a strategic, competitive geographic location in relation to the Panama Canal and proximity to other global markets, limited transport connectivity impedes the region’s capacity to exploit this advantage.

In this regard, the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique (CTM) proposes to host a Connectivity Conference for the Greater Caribbean as a platform for achieving an interconnected, agile and facilitative regional transport system to bolster economic growth and competitiveness in the region. In this sense, this event intends to revitalize and engender a renewed approach to coordinating efforts and espousing ideas for sustaining transport and business connectivity in the Greater Caribbean.

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Agenda

10:45 – 12:00

ROUND TABLE 1

Theme: Understanding the supply chain in the Greater Caribbean

From Sourcing to Consolidation

This round table is intended to provide an in-depth understanding of the node of the supply chain processes related to sourcing agricultural and industrial production to containerized consolidation.

It will offer participants the chance to unpack and understand the trade agreements, trade facilitation services and policies affecting market access and regional trade logistic performance.

14:00 – 15:30

ROUND TABLE 2

Theme: Understanding the supply chain in the Greater Caribbean

From Consolidation to Final Customers

This round table is a continuation of round table 1 and will focus on another critical node of the supply chain: consolidation to delivery to the final customer. This will cover the shipping process, last mile delivery and the factors that impact performance in these areas.

Given the lack of economies of scale in the Greater Caribbean, panellists will be invited to share innovative ideas and approaches to profitably operating in such an environment.

In so doing, regional solutions for transport operators to provide more services in the Caribbean and potential hubs for consolidation, transformation and distribution can be identified.

15:45 – 17:45

ROUND TABLE 3

Theme: Solutions for enhanced logistics performance and economic prosperity

Apart from fragmentation, the regional transport system has severe infrastructural gaps that hinder efficiency and greater connectivity. Updating and advancing infrastructure is necessary to enable logistics performance, regional value chain development, and overall increasing trade logistics performance. 

As such, the aim of this discussion is to demonstrate how to improve infrastructure and operations through innovative approaches. The discussion will also explore the importance of regional hubs and the role of these hubs in enhancing regional connectivity.

09:00 – 10:30

ROUND TABLE 4

Theme: Digital Caribbean Corridors

This round table is intended to secure the harmonisation of information systems and sustainable transport infrastructure. The objective is to accelerate the deployment of low and zero-carbon emission solutions, identify digital shipping programmes, and develop green fuel sources for bunkering to support efficient cargo movement.

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the green and digital shipping corridor aims to catalyse investment in green infrastructure, including zero-carbon energy hubs linked to port and shipping demand.

10:45 – 12:30

ROUND TABLE 5

Theme: Air and maritime transport within the Greater Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities

This discussion is intended to evaluate the current regional maritime and air transport system in the Greater Caribbean. It will provide a brief overview of the maritime and air transport system and explain the role of maritime and air transport in an agile and facilitative transport ecosystem.

The discussion will also offer participants an oversight of the challenges to efficiency of the regional maritime transport system and various strategic actions that can help mitigate these challenges.

Additionally, the discussion will identify the opportunities present for the regional maritime transport system and ways to leverage these opportunities for the advance of the regional transport ecosystem.

10:45 – 12:30

Scientific Review

A comprehensive analysis of measures to be taken to address the current maritime and air connectivity situation in the Greater Caribbean region will be carried out.

14:00 – 17:30

32nd Meeting of the Special Committee on Transport

Closed Meeting

Only designated officials from ACS Member States and Associate Members will attend.

08:00 – 12:00

Site Visits

Site visits to airports and ports in Martinique and Free Zones.

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