A pledge of financial assistance to hurricane-ravaged Caribbean territory Haiti from President David Jean Marie marked the ceremonial opening of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain, Trinidad on Monday, October 17, 2016.
“There is a need for urgent humanitarian assistance to Haiti, given the level of destruction. In addition to the efforts we may be making individually or through our companies and countries, the General Council wishes to have the CSA involved in tangible ways. We have therefore commenced a drive to raise funds by pledging an initial USD 10,000, and we invite all our members and associates to contribute through the Secretariat. We will soon be writing you in this regard,” he said.
Turning to the current trends causing upheaval in the shipping industry, Jean Marie issued a rallying call for members to innovate, adapt and transform their businesses in order to survive.
Executives from shipping lines, ship’s agents, customs and maritime authorities, agencies, ports and terminals across this hemisphere who represent the largest and most influential shipping and logistics interests are now arriving in Port of Spain for three days of discourse, information exchange and networking as the Shipping Association of Trinidad & Tobago hosts the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition from October 17-19, 2016.
The almost 350 registered participants, hailing not only from the Caribbean, but North, South and Central America,as well as Europe, will enjoy the benefits of involvement in the region's premier international maritime executives’ conference while experiencing exceptional networking opportunities at a business exposition for suppliers of key products and services. The event kicks off at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain hotel, where CSA President David Jean Marie will welcome delegates.
The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) will tend to the business of the organization at its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, ahead of the offical opening. A special highlight of the day’s activities will be a presentation by National Energy Corporation of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd (NEC).
A distinguished panel of speakers has been assembled for the Shipping Executives’ Conference accompanying the CSA’s 2016 Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad, this October 17th – 19th. The group comprises sought-after, international experts, who will lead a series of probing discussions on a wide range of issues set to influence maritime trade beyond 2016. This continues the CSA’s tradition of providing a platform which advances the region’s shipping industry, through thought-leading discourse and networking with influencers and other high-level professionals at the forefront of global shipping and logistics.