Last November, our director Eduard Rodés participated in a commercial mission led by the Port of Barcelona to Panama and Cuba. The expedition served as a great opportunity to introduce the activities offered by the Escola Europea de Short Sea Shipping both to universities and training centres and to representatives of public administrations, professional associations and logistics companies in the two countries.
In Panama, Mr Rodés met the delegates of State authorities in charge of training programs in the transport and logistics fields as well as important universities and research centres such as Georgia Tech Panama Logistics, Universidad Católica de Santa María La Antigua (USMA) and Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP). The latter organized a conference where Eduard Rodés presented the training courses offered by the Escola which could be tailored to meet Panama students’ needs.
In addition to this conference, he also had some bilateral meetings with several local logistics companies such as Interoceanic Cargo Carrier Panamá and members of the Panamian Association of Cargo Agents. All companies showed a clear interest in the Escola’s training offer.
In Cuba, he was invited as speaker to the CELALE conference. The European and Latin-American Centre of Logistics and Ecological Projects (CELALE) is part of the Institute of Projects of Agrarian and Urban Technology of the Humboldt University of Berlin and held its VI International Conference in the framework of the XVII Scientific Convention of Engineering and Architecture of La Habana from 25th to 27th November. Rodés presented the Escola to the Cuban academic sector giving way to further discussions where future cooperations between the Escola and the CUJAE – Technological University of La Habana – were tackled.
In addition, he met spokespeople of several Cuban training centres. The session was organised by the Cuban Ministry of Transport. In such meetings Mr Rodés could state a strong will to cooperate in taking the Escola’s formula to Cuban training centres and private companies. Among them: Gemar (Port and Maritime Transport Business Group), Mincex – Institute of Foreign Trade and EMCOMED – Medicines Commercialization and Distribution –.
Overall, the mission was a success for the Port of Barcelona and for the Escola which left the seeds of new challenges in both developing countries.