Digitalization, big data, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence are key in enabling the post-COVID recovery, IMO Secretary-General Mr. Kitack Lim told a webinar on Digital Connectivity and Data Standards.
Lim added that the pandemic has affected us all, both socially and economically, and has had an unprecedented impact on shipping business and seafarers.
The pandemic has shown that shipping, the most efficient and cost-effective method of international transportation that carries more than 80 per cent of global trade, remains the leading facilitator of global trade. Therefore, Shipping and Maritime will be at the heart of the economic recovery, both at sea and ashore, Lim added.
“In this respect shipping and seafarers need to be fully supported so they can fulfil their responsibilities.”
“Cooperation between Shipping, Ports and Logistics will be vital for enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of shipping and therefore facilitating trade and fostering economic recovery and prosperity,” Mr. Lim said.
He highlighted IMO’s key role in ensuring shipping can embrace the digital revolution – while ensuring safety, environmental protection as well as cyber security.
Source:- Daily Shipping Times