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A new programme to develop and implement a Sustainable Maritime Transport (SMART) system in the Caribbean has begun in a preparatory phase, aimed at supporting the small island developing states (SIDS) of the Caribbean region to build-back better from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the maritime sector.

SIDS economies in the Caribbean are heavily dependent on the maritime sector. The long-term programme will aim to deliver safe, secure, efficient and reliable transport of goods across the region, while minimizing pollution, maximizing energy efficiency and ensuring resource conservation.

The preparatory phase of the programme, which is funded by the Government of Norway, kicked off with the Regional Inception Meeting for the Carib-SMART Preparatory Phase (held virtually on 25 April 2022). Stakeholders involved in the Programme, including the the Heads of maritime administrations of the Caribbean Member States, considered the draft work plan for the preparatory phase of the Programme.

The work plan recognizes that a Sustainable Maritime Transport (SMART) system should provide a seamless and reliable service in the most efficient manner. To achieve this, the complexity of the interrelation among various actors in the Maritime Transportation System of Caribbean SIDS should be recognized and taken into account in planning specific actions.


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