The other main result was the thematic seminar “The Western Mediterranean Transport and Logistics Sector in the post-COVID-19 Era: Seizing New Opportunities, Accelerating Transitions”, which took place on 4 and 5 October 2021 on the occasion of the 10th Conference of Transport Ministers of the GTMO 5+5.
Structured into four sessions, the seminar confirmed some of the ideas pointed out in the above-mentioned publication, deepened their reflection and debate and raised new ideas. The role of COVID-19 as a trend accelerator, the need for qualified human resources and the importance of coordination between actors and harmonization of policies were highlighted.
More specifically, the first session, focused on trends, pointed out the importance of connectivity and transport infrastructures as an enabler of economic integration and development. The second session, on sustainability, opened the debate between the compatibility of the current economic system based on growth and the requirements of sustainability and carried out discussions about the importance of decarbonising the transport system. The third session, focused on the digital transition, highlighted the idea that digitalization is not a goal but a tool and opportunity, as well as the importance of sharing data and working on harmonisation of regulations and interoperable systems. Finally, the fourth session, focused on infrastructure, pointed out the need to promote a new agenda for the development of infrastructure network in Southern Mediterranean countries, integrating it with the European network through efficient connectivity of ports and railways.