Dear all, [Example] Safety is the top priority in manufacturing facilities. Be that as it may, improving productivity is also an important task. I want to link the two sentences in the sense that improving productivity is an important challenge, provided that safety measures are secured. "Be that as it may" is too weak here, because there should be no doubt about safety being a top priority. "On that premise" might be an option except it sounds awkward here and not quite to the point. "That said" seemed OK, but previous threads indicate that the two sentences linked should be contradictory. What would you suggest using?