The first initiative promoted by ALIS, the round-table “The sea as a vehicle for the development of South Italy”, took place in Catania.

Catania at the center of the debate about transports and logistics role on the development of South Italy and all the Euromediterranean area. This morning on the ship Cartour Gamma – anchored in Catania’s harbour – hosted the round-table “THE SEA AS A VEHICLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SOUTH ITALY. Territorial continuity and intermodality on the Euromediterranean sea” promoted by ALIS, the new Association of Logistics and Substainable Intermodality, who associated over 300 road hauliers companies in just over a month.

“We chose to begin from South Italy and, specifically, from Sicily to represent the necessities of the whole transport and logistics sector. Here, the foundation of a new category association has been welcomed with enthusiasm – said Guido Grimaldi, president of ALIS -. The big challanges for the future of this island, of the South Italy and the whole Mediterranean area are the themes we have discussed today during the round-table: efficiency guarantee for circulation of goods and people, South Italy’s redemption, reducing CO2 emissions and internationalization of the transport’s sector. Those are the exactly the necessities that ALIS has defined as mid-term objectives”.

On board the ship Cartour Gamma, Vincenzo Bianco (Major of Catania) and Marcello Di Caterina (General Director of ALIS) made the welcome greetings. The lecturers of the panel were: Guido Grimaldi (President of ALIS), Nunzio Martello (Special Commissioner of AdSP Mare di Sicilia), Giovanni Pistorio (Assessor of infrastructures and mobility of Region Sicily) and Enrico Finocchi (General Director of Road Transport and Intermodality at the Ministry of Infrastructures and transports). Senator Simona Vicari, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Infrastructures and transports, ended the session.