MUMBAI: Transportation drives development – enabling trade, tourism and economic growth and allowing people to access jobs, services, education and the interactions that help create fulfilled lives. Sustainable transport, by extension, drives sustainable development, advancing the people-centered goals while protecting and preserving the planet and its resources for generations to come.
Sustainable Development Goals of Sustainable Transport and Peace conference held at United Nations, Geneva on April 12-13 was led by led by Anatoly Karpov, President of the International Association of Peace Foundations, and Eva Molnar, Director of the Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).
Mr. Amar More, CEO, Kale Logistics Solutions, was a key note speaker at the conference. Speaking at the conference, he said,“In spite of having several e-cargo tools there is still data duplication, excessive paperwork and challenges with supply chain visibility. The automation in the industry is heterogeneous which is leading to lack of data exchange and poor visibility for shipments. These result in higher inventory in supply chain and hence higher logistics costs.”
Emphasizing on the need for disrupting the inefficient supply chain cycle, he added “Technology will be playing a very critical role in the Freight Industry, multi-modalcargo community system is a breakthrough innovation for the industry that helps the exporters, importers, forwarders, customs brokers, custodians, ground handlers, airlines, shipping lines, chambers of commerce, customs, local regulatory authorities exchange data with each other digitally using several forms of electronic data interchange (EDI). Kale has had the privilege of creating India’s first multi-modal cargo community system UPLIFT and world’s first most comprehensive Airport Cargo Community system GMAX both of which are Global Benchmarks and are being adopted as well as emulated globally.”
The conference witnessed participation from Heads of State and Government, UN officials, private sector CEOs and civil society leaders.
The conference comes at an opportune time when Governments, businesses and civil society are moving quickly to take actions that are needed to achieve sustainable development. The two-day conference featured plenary sessions as well as parallel thematic discussions on various sustainable transport-related topics, including railway transport as a key driver of sustainable transport, sustainable Air Cargo, research and innovation, digitalization of the freight and passenger transport documents, facilitating international trade by creating multimodal digital cargo communities and specific situations and policies of few countries.