CSA Mid-Year Conference In Cocoa Beach Spotlights Trade Opportunities With Cuba

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Plans are in high gear for the annual staging of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s Caribbean Shipping Executives’ Conference, set for May 16-18, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel & Resorts in Cocoa Beach. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – Plans are in high gear for the annual staging of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA’s) Caribbean Shipping Executives’ Conference (CSEC), set for May 16-18, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel & Resorts in Cocoa Beach.

CSEC 2016, the most notable mid-year meeting of high-level shipping industry professionals in the Caribbean and Latin America, will see delegates probing a comprehensive series of topics at this much anticipated event. These include:

• Cuba – the political and economic implications at national and regional levels
• The integration of Cuba into the regional economy and the present and future role of the Port of Mariel
• The implementation of the solas weight verification requirements
• How does Cuba stand to influence the future shape of regional shipping
• Disaster management and climate adaptation
• Caribbean marine logistics – a cluster approach
• The flip side of port automation – efficient labour force
• This year’s conference promises engaging presentations on Cuba delivered by a line-up of high-profile speakers who are notable experts in their respective fields

These resource persons will provide key perspectives on maritime trade with the Spanish-speaking Caribbean territory in the wake of the easing of trade restrictions by the United States and the historic visit to that country by President Barack Obama.

The impact of these trade movements on shipping and logistics in this hemisphere will be addressed by Cuban natives, including envoy Ruben Ramos Arrieta from the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington.

Conference participants will also gain insights into the Laws of Commerce regarding Cuba from invited speakers who are experts in international law.

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The pending implementation of Solas Weight Requirements will be addressed by top officials from the IMO, while Disaster Management and Climate Adaptation specialists will provide updates on the ‘greening’ of the seas.

The strategically located host port, Port Canaveral is focused on becoming an important cargo player, attracting vessels that can gain from their less-congested facilities and serves as a domestic/international feeder service to the Central Florida market.

To register and to find more information on this conference, log on to Caribbeanshipping.org, call 876-675-4881 or 876-901 9784, or e-mail csa@cwjamaica.com

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