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Barbados to host global shipping and logistics interests at the CSA's 47th AGM

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM
David Jean Marie president of the Caribbean Shipping Association delivers his opening address at the 16th Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference in Curacao on May 8, 2017.

Barbados will be the 2017 venue of the Caribbean region's premier shipping conference, when that nation's maritime community welcomes delegates attending the Caribbean Shipping Associations' (CSA) 47th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition, from October 9-11.

Barbados Port Inc and the Shipping Association of Barbados will host the proceedings, which are to be held at the Hilton Barbados Hotel, Bridgetown.

As is customary at its AGM, the CSA will welcome some of the largest and most influential supply chain interests, including shipping lines, ship's agents, customs and maritime authorities, port and terminal operators across the hemisphere.

A highlight of the CSA's 47th AGM will be its Conference and Exhibition, both designed to optimise networking opportunities for delegates. The participants, comprising CSA members, industry suppliers and service providers, along with observers, are expected from more than 20 countries from across the Caribbean, as well as North, Central and South America and Europe.

CSA President David Jean Marie will welcome delegates to the three-day event.

"As president of the Caribbean Shipping Association and a proud Barbadian, I am pleased to welcome shipping interests from the region and across the globe to our shores for this premier networking event," said Jean Marie of the upcoming conference.

"Through this conference, the CSA continues to play a central role in harmonising the Caribbean shipping industry into an integrated community. We will again provide information for our members on all the current developments in our industry from a global and regional perspective - information that should stimulate our discussions toward the creation of new business opportunities for ourselves, our country, and our region," he added.

A robust and engaging agenda, including a spouses programme and nightly cultural activities are the hallmark of any CSA conference and the Barbados organisers have promised that this year will be the best yet. Time has been set aside throughout the three-day event for networking activities, allowing participants to initiate contact with potential partners.




The CSA will tend to its internal business on the morning of Day One of the event, following the opening ceremony, which involves government officials. The conference will then move on addressing issues related to the development of the regional maritime sector.

On days two and three, the conference will return to presentations by international and regional maritime sector leaders that will allow delegates a chance to hear the most up-to-date information on various industry trends and concerns including port and cyber security, port privatisation, technology the growing presence and influence of mega-carriers and liner consolidations, and the resultant fierce competition among ports.

The 47th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition will end with the CSA's annual Gala Banquet and Awards. This stellar event will be highlighted by the announcement of the winners of the annual Caribbean Port Awards including Port of the Year.

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The CSA is also offering exciting opportunities for conference sponsorship with extensive benefits for interested businesses! If you are looking to reach a wider audience of professionals in shipping and its allied sectors, contact the CSA Secretariat for details on sponsorship packages.




The Caribbean Shipping Association is the voice of the Caribbean shipping industry and was established in 1971 to facilitate development of an efficient, viable regional shipping sector.

CSA membership includes 12 national shipping associations and more than 100 individual member entities, including ports authorities, terminal operators, shipping agents, shipping lines, tug and salvage companies, consultants, freight forwarders, leasing companies and other shipping and logistics affiliates. The CSA represents private and public sector interests across the entire Caribbean area, including South, Central and North American ports; cutting language and geographical barriers by representing English, French, Spanish and Dutch-speaking entities.

The exchange of information and ideas is considered essential to development. The CSA thereby assists its members to improve efficiency, production and output, as its primary function. Training and development of human resources in the Caribbean shipping industry is therefore a priority concern of the CSA.

The CSA also represents its membership in relevant regional hemispheric groupings, associations and organisations - governmental, multilateral and private sector; and maintains observer status with leading Caribbean multilateral bodies including CARICOM and the Association of Caribbean States.




The General Council is the governing body of the association. This body, chaired by the president, is responsible for the management of CSA affairs and the exercise of all powers and duties conferred upon the association.

The General Council comprises:

• President

• Vice-president

• Immediate past president

• General manager*

• Four members nominated by Group A

• Two members nominated by Group B

• Two members nominated by Group C

• One member nominated by Group D

• Elections for all except this executive post are held at the Annual General Meeting in October each year.




The General Council takes advice from four Standing Committees:

• Board of Trustees of the CSA Training Trust Fund

• The Port Award Committee

• The Silver Club

• The Cruise Committee




The registered address of the secretariat of the CSA is in Kingston, Jamaica. Headed by the general manager, the secretariat provides full-time administrative support for the activities of the General Council; while planning content and logistics for the CSA's Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference and the Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition each year. During conferences and general meetings, the secretariat is temporarily located at the venue of such conference or general meeting.