The Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Mexico’s National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), the Embassy of Mexico in Trinidad and Tobago and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus (UWI) convened to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as they resolve to join efforts towards the achievement of the objectives of the “United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management” initiative (UN-GGIM) and of the “Caribbean Platform of Territorial Information for Disaster Prevention” PITCA project.
The PITCA initiative intends to establish a platform which will provide territorial geospatial information, from national as well as regional sources with the aim of reducing vulnerability in the Greater Caribbean region and the UN-GGIM aims to promote the development of Spatial Data Infrastructure in eleven countries in the Caribbean, to strengthen the generation, use and sharing of geospatial information.
From Left to right: Professor Clement Sankat, Principal of the UWI St. Augustine campus; Alberto Duran, Director of Trade Development and External Economic Relations; HE Mario Arriola, Embassy of the United Mexican States in Trinidad and Tobago and Rolando Ocampo, President of UN-GGIM: Americas.
First Regional Meeting of the Caribbean Platform of Territorial Information for Disaster Prevention (PITCA)
The PITCA initiative intends to establish a platform to provide territorial geospatial information, from national as well as regional sources, with the aim of reducing vulnerability in the region through the analysis of risks, strengthening decision-making for the development of planning policies, design and infrastructure construction, housing, reduction of agriculture vulnerability, among other strategic sectors.
Workshop on Facilitation of Maritime Traffic and Loading and Unloading Movements at Ports, Based on the Fal Convention 65
The workshop examined the FAL convention and how its application will support port development and port efficiency within the Greater Caribbean Region. This convention is aimed at facilitating maritime transport by simplifying and minimizing the formalities, data requirements and procedures associated with arrival, stay and departure of ships engaged in international voyage. To this end the Convention contains standards and recommended practices. Its main contribution lies with the acceptance of a set of models for standardized facilitation forms for ships to fulfill certain reporting formalities when they arrive in or depart from a port. These standardized forms include, inter alia, the IMO General Declaration, the Cargo Declaration, and the Crew and Passenger Lists, and Dangerous Goods Declaration.”
Workshop on the Exchange of Information to Improve Terminal Operating Systems (TOS) of Ports
The ACS through the Directorate of Trade Development and External Economic Relations convened the Workshop on the Exchange of Information to Improve Terminal Operating Systems (TOS) of Ports. This Workshop is geared towards capacity building and knowledge exchange within the Port and Maritime Sector. Therefore through the ACS Directorate of Trade, and with the funding support of the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID), AMEXCID has undertaken programmes to modernise and improve maritime-port infrastructure and affect the development of regional trade and identify potential routes for developing the Short distance Maritime Transport service in the Greater Caribbean.
From left to right: Kariyma Baltimore, Chairman and Trade Advisor of the ACS; Alberto Duran, Director of Trade of the ACS and His Excellency Mario Arriola Woog, Ambassador of the United Mexican States to Trinidad and Tobago.