The centrality and criticality of the Maritime Industry to supporting world trade and economic activity was made all the more stark with the onslaught of the pandemic brought on by COVID-19
Nonetheless, the pandemic has exposed the fragility of the global supply chain, and what shipping will look like post-COVID-19 remains unclear. What we do know is that the pandemic has accelerated the uptake of technologies and the trend towards increased levels of automation. Connectivity and Communication have never been as valuable as they are now.
It is also widely acknowledged that collaboration coordination, and solidarity – at the local, regional, and international levels – will be essential to overcoming the crisis.
The SATT urges that the business community capitalize on this newfound impetus to improve our trading infrastructure, which we anticipate will become even more virtual to our economic recovery; since our economy is so reliant on imports, and given the vulnerability of our export base. We stand ready to employ the very same disciplined focus and urgent action that we are calling for.