The recently elected president of the Shipping Association of T&T (SATT) is hoping to ensure proper legislation is developed to guide the industry going forward.
Sonja Voisin, who was elected president on March 24 during the association’s annual meeting, has listed the development and implementation of the T&T Shipping Association Act as one of two key deliverables she has identified for her 2023/2024 term.
In a release, SATT said, “This act aims to establish much-needed operational, commercial, and competitive standards within the industry, bringing great benefit to stakeholders and setting the stage for further development. The proposed act will promote effective competition and economic efficiency, protect the interests of consumers, protect the financial viability of efficient suppliers, promote the availability of regulated services to all consumers, including low-income, rural, and disadvantaged consumers, and enhance public knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the sector. The groundwork for the drafting of this legislation has been completed, and Ms Voisin will lead the stakeholder consultation process to ensure that all benefits are derived.”
Her other focus in what is her third stint as SATT president, having previously served in 2005 and 2018, will be the preparations ahead of the hosting of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s 53rd annual meeting, conference and exhibition which is set to be held in Port-of-Spain from October 23-24.
SATT said, “The conference promotes critical discussions on all aspects of shipping affecting the region and provides a platform for quality networking and opportunity generation. Approximately 400 decisionmakers are expected to attend, and Ms Voisin has already commenced implementing the imperatives to deliver the best CSA conference ever witnessed.”
Voisin replaced Hayden Alleyne who served his maximum of two consecutive terms.
SATT also elected vice president Shelly Balkissoon during its annual meeting.