The newly formed Cluster GAT Caraïbes Logistique et Transports or GAT Caribbean, a group of transportation companies and public sector organizations based in Martinique, will participate for the first time at the 43rd Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) Conference and Exhibition in Panama City, Panama October 7-9, 2013.
GAT Caribbean, whose mission focuses not just on Martinique, but also on the greater Caribbean and the Americas, is encouraging regional public and private sector members to join the cluster to create, design and share future solutions that benefit the sustainable development of the transport and logistics industry in the region.
This regional network hopes to boost growth by capitalizing on the increased passenger and freight traffic resulting from the major expansion of the Panama Canal in 2015.
In conjunction with the modernized Port of Martinique, one of the biggest natural harbors in the region, and with the support of Martinique’s Regional Council, GAT Caribbean is preparing the French Overseas Department to become a major Caribbean hub and “Gateway to Europe in the Americas” in the new post-Panamax era.
With support of the Regional Council, which has a keen interest on integrating Martinique with the wider Caribbean, GAT Caribbean is hoping to become a major player in global transport and logistics negotiations that directly affect the globalization of the regional economy.
One of the tools to be developed by GAT Caribbean is “CLUSTERGATES”, a marketplace grouping of both freight and passengers that will match demand and supply and optimize the flux of increased traffic into the greater Caribbean and the Americas. The cluster’s regional network will further create a dynamic exchange between bigger clusters across the greater Caribbean, the Americas, France and Europe.
More than 300 shipping executives from across the Americas are expected for the CSA meeting in Panama City.