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COVID-19, a follow-up in the evolution of transport and logistics

Centre for Transportation Studies for the Western Mediterranean

The World Health Organization declared Covid-19 a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Its impact on economic and social activity was evident from the beginning. COVID-19 caused a global contraction of 3.5% of real GDP by 2020 according to World Bank data. The drop of real GDP in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the European Union (EU) regions was estimated at 3.9% and 6.6% respectively, marked by the decline in the second quarter of 2020, with 6.6% and 14.6% respectively.

A broad harmonisation of regulations is the indispensable corollary of a sustainable liberalisation of air transport

Olivier Meynot
Directorate General of Civil Aviation, France

If we want to guarantee sustainable recovery and the development of air transport in the Western Mediterranean, the mere liberalization of traffic rights is not sufficient: to benefit all air transport stakeholders and users, the creation of a single aviation market in the Western Mediterranean must be underpinned by harmonization of the regulations applicable to air transport.

Francisco Cardoso dos Reis – Integrated Transport Planning, the Digital Challenge and Decarbonization of Transport

Francisco Cardoso dos Reis
IP, Infraestruturas de Portugal

The early years of the 21st century have brought unprecedented growth and development in human activity and society. This era has given rise to new challenges and demands, and the pandemic has added even more previously unseen phenomena. To increase the transport sector’s contribution to economic, social and environmental sustainability and respond to these demands, innovation must be at the service of the common good, as well as the environmental, health-related and functional challenges facing society as a result of climate change and all other emerging threats.

Jaafar Sallouhi – 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, Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Morocco

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.

Roel Janssens – 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.

Anwar Zibaoui – 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.

Oumnia Boutaleb – The Health Crisis Re-Shuffles the Cards of Geopolitics in the Transport and Logistics Sector in the Western Mediterranean: The Case of the Maritime Sector

Oumnia Boutaleb
Policy Center for the New South (PCNS)

The current health crisis, beyond having severely tested the world health systems, has redefined world geopolitics. The large transport networks must readapt and adjust to the geopolitical evolutions and the new world dynamics.