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Inter-modal transport in the age of COVID-19 UNECE efforts to help build pandemic-resilient transport systems

Roel Janssens
Secretary to the Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics, UNECE

In an initial reaction to the outbreak of the pandemic, many Governments closed their land, air and sea borders to non-essential traffic. These measures had as a result that tens of thousands of trucks got stuck at borders which had a significant impact on the delivery of essential goods, such as foods, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and fuels, especially for the economically most vulnerable countries which often rely heavily on imports to cover their basic needs.

Mediterranean Logistics post COVID-19: Opportunities come with challenges

Anwar Zibaoui
General Coordinator of ASCAME

We are facing a challenge that will change the world. As countries take essential measures to protect their populations, no sector remains immune to change. Closed borders, telework, travel bans and confinement. The coronavirus outbreak is redefining how we stay connected. And with a fifth of the planet already isolated, it is imperative to keep the flow of goods so that critical supplies can get where they are needed. The global logistics industry faces its biggest challenge.

Shipping in the Mediterranean

Jan Hoffmann
Chief Trade Logistics Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD

Port and shipping services handle more than 80% of global trade volumes, and this share is even higher for most developing countries. Despite the growing eCommerce – in fact invigorated by it – the physical movement of goods across oceans remains at the core of trade driven development. To participate in global value chains, Mediterranean countries depend on well-connected ports and cost-effective shipping services.

Road transport in Morocco: What is the best route out of the COVID-19 crisis?

Jaafar Sallouhi
Adviser to the Director of Land Transport and Logistics, Morocco

Like many other countries across the world, Morocco was affected by an unprecedented economic and social crisis in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this crisis, road transport companies across all sectors played a critical role in moving goods, supporting the operation of supply chains, repatriating citizens and transporting people to their workplace, all while increasing the risk to their employees’ health and well-being. However, the effects of the crisis were quickly felt and impacted several sectors, including transport and logistics, which experienced significant challenges.

Air transport development, the tool to achieve good harvest seasons

Ignacio Biosca
Head of International Relations, Airport Marketing and Airlines Assistance, AENA, Spain

Air transport is a clear catalyst for economic growth. But, although being extremely important, not only the economy counts. Air transport also ties cultural bonds and brings understanding between regions and societies, which is the foundation of a peaceful and sustainable development, with the direct effect this has in the lives of their citizens

The COVID-19 Pandemic: What Impacts on the World Economy and the International Supply Chains? Focus on the Western Mediterranean Region

Dr Jérôme Verny
NEOMA Business School, Paris, France

At a global scale, the COVID-19 pandemic has created disruptions both to the supply and demand that are reflected in all logistical chains. Following the closure of factories in China in the different industrial sectors (car, aeronautical, textile…) during the first quarter of 2020, a disruption has been seen throughout the supply chain all over the world.

The Covid-19 Crisis: A Catalyst to Speed Up the Digital Transformation of Ports

Mustapha Lhamouz
Activities and Operators Supervision Director, National Ports Agency of Morocco

Moroccan ports have played a major role in managing the Covid-19 health crisis. In fact, the port sector has demonstrated strong resilience and great agility by adapting its various operational processes to the new context, which requires that health measures be taken into account to deal with the pandemic threat