Shipping | SAJ welcomes Barbados delegation for port system dialogue

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THE SHIPPING Association of Jamaica (SAJ) welcomed a delegation from Barbados’ maritime sector last Thursday as the Eastern Caribbean nation explores the development of a port community system (PCS).

The group, which included members of the public and private sectors, forms part of the country’s steering committee that is conducting a study tour of regional and international ports to assess the application of a PCS at the port of Bridgetown.

The PCS is an electronic platform which manages a territory’s trade logistics processes and allows for the secure exchange of information among its users.

Chief Executive Officer at Barbados Port Inc, David Jean-Marie, said the tour will examine best practices in the use of a PCS. Following a recent visit to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, Jean-Marie said the delegation’s visit to Jamaica «is a good experience in terms of a successful PCS and implementation. So we are here with all stakeholders to hear your experience in terms of implementation, so that we avoid the pitfalls».

Among the benefits he hopes the country will reap is the improvement of its economic performance and position globally with the successful use of a PCS. «We believe we can improve the efficiency, reduce the cost, the time and therefore have a much more improved (World Bank) Doing Business index in Barbados,» he said.

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