We regret to inform you that we have made the difficult decision to cancel MACN’s Spring meeting scheduled for 25-26 March in Singapore.
The situation relating to the novel coronavirus remains uncertain in Singapore, as it does around the world. The MACN Steering Committee and Secretariat emphatically believe that the health and safety of our member representatives must be our number one priority. It is for this reason that we made the difficult decision to cancel our Spring meeting in Singapore.
Due to the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus in Singapore, Singapore has raised its Disease Outbreak Response Systems Condition to Orange (Feb 7). To counter the further spread or the novel coronavirus within the country, Singapore has placed visa restrictions on foreigners with a recent history of travel to China.
Additional precautionary measures are being instituted to minimize the risk of further virus transmission to the community and event organizers are advised to cancel or defer non-essential large-scale events.
With the limited time we have until our meeting was scheduled, not knowing how the situation may escalate further, and what additional precautionary measures that may be introduced, we believe the prudent option is to cancel MACN’s Spring meeting.
The MACN Secretariat is currently working with the hotel for those who have booked rooms and we will provide impacted members with an update later this week. We recommend that you contact your travel agents for potential reimbursement of your flights.
The October Members Meeting scheduled for October 21 – 22 will go ahead as planned and we look forward to seeing you here. We will advise of the location in the coming weeks.
Although we have had to cancel the upcoming Spring meeting, we continue to work hard towards a maritime industry without corruption and encourage you all to continue your efforts within MACN’s working groups and your own organizations to work towards this goal.