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Logistics hub talks promise to enlighten

Published:Tuesday | November 5, 2013 | 12:00 AM

NUMEROUS LOCAL and international presenters, distinguished government officials, and members of academia will come together in an intellectually stimulating series of symposia, geared towards illuminating the various aspects of the much-talked-about Jamaica logistics hub.

The first of these, organised by the Caribbean Maritime Institute and the University of the West Indies, Mona, will take place on Saturday at the Mona campus, and will commence at 9 a.m. Key presenters include Dallas-based veteran logistician, Steve Robinson, Professor Gordon Shirley, chairman of the Port Authority of Jamaica, and Brandon Hay, scientific officer at Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation.

Dubbed 'The Logistics Hub: The Economy vs The Environment?', the symposium will explore the economic and environmental perspectives by engaging the respective experts, as they share their thinking and research findings. The event provides a forum for discussion, collaborative thought, intellectual exchange and greater knowledge about this multi-dimensional initiative. It is hoped that participants will develop an appreciation for the diverse and valid points of view that it generates.

Both institutions believe that, as tertiary repositories of scholarly work in the areas of logistics and sustainable development, this is an ideal opportunity for them to join the national conversation and provide a degree of clarity.

The goal of the symposium is to offer an invaluable opportunity for interested individuals and interest groups to learn more about the myriad issues relating to the development of a logistics hub, voice their opinions, and seek clarification on specific aspects of the impending development.

Key areas of discussions include an overview of the hub, plans for the transformation of the physical landscape, the related environmental impact to be considered, the economic potential of the hub, and other elements pertaining to the sustainability of its development.

This symposium will feature renowned specialists in logistics, supply chain management and sustainable development, and will be attended by members of the diplomatic corps, industry practitioners and consultants, researchers, policymakers, and other professionals.

The organisers are optimistic that this platform will unearth new knowledge, promote positive discourse, and increase awareness about how the hub, sharing in a comprehensive way how its development will affect all Jamaicans, their families, their livelihood, and its impact on generations to come.