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05 April 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 05:49 GMT+2

March 25, 2020

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UNCTAD urges governments to ensure fluidity maritime and cross-border transport

Kituyi calls for seafarers to be declared workers Indispensable

The Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Mukhisa Kituyi, addressed a appeal to all governments to ensure that while they are taking further measures to contain the spread of the virus Covid-19, keep maritime trade moving allowing merchant ships to continue to have access to ports around the world, a pressing call that also calls for make it easier for ship crews to be able to change quickly.

Highlighting that, around the world, maritime transport food, energy and raw materials as well as food and raw materials, as well as goods and artefacts, including vital medical supplies this moment of emergency, Kituyi asked that in addition to maintaining the fluidity of maritime transport, is also ensured cross-border transport without which there is a risk of block the aid and technical assistance needed to address and overcoming the crisis as well as causing disruption social and economic repercussions.

The Secretary-General of UNCTAD stressed that, for ensuring that essential goods reach consumers and consumers hospitals of the nations to which they are intended, government agencies should coordinate and cooperate both in the field of nationally that between nations so that essential goods reach both the populations of the coastal countries and the populations of those landlocked.

Ahead of the G20 extraordinary summit on the pandemic Covid-19 to be held tomorrow by videoconference, Kituyi has invited world leaders to accept this call, taking measures to enable a rapid change in the crews of the ships, as at this time of emergency in various ports the seafarers are subjected to more checks and checks and are additional restrictions imposed by many states. His exhortations to governments from the organisation ICS and the international transport union ITF, the Secretary-General of the UN organisation called for the in accordance with health protocols, ports treat seafarers as indispensable workers and ensure the same flexibility currently reserved for aircraft crews healthcare professionals, as about 100,000 members every month ship crews must be able to be replaced by other Maritime.

It also emphasises the need to ensure the efficiency and security of ports and workers in the sector, Kituyi also called for all solutions to be adopted technology available to facilitate trade and trade transport in order to reduce the impact of the pandemic on trade maritime and cross-border. "We cannot - he concluded - allow us to exacerbate the health and economic challenge we have to deal with."

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