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Ghana maritime week celebration starts today

By: Mclean Kwofi
Mr Thomas Kofi Alonsi- Director General, Ghana Maritime Authority

Stakeholders in the country's maritime sector are to undertake a series of activities this week to mark the 2019 World Maritime Day celebration.

Known as ‘Ghana Maritime Week’, the commemoration begins today, September 24, with a media engagement to announce the event and will be followed by clean-up exercises and a durbar in honour of chief fishermen, fishmongers and fishermen at the independence square.

Spearheaded by the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA), the event is to hold an educational talk and career guidance symposium for female students.

The climax, scheduled for September 26, will be a parade of cadets and contingents from the Ghana Navy at the Regional Maritime University (RMU).

The annual event
On the theme “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community,” the event is to serve as an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, and to highlight the important and yet underutilised contribution of women within the maritime sector.

The United Nations (UN), via the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), created World Maritime Day to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping. The event’s date varies by year and country but it is always on the last week of September.

Male dominated
Historically, shipping has been a male-dominated industry and that tradition runs long and deep.

However, the IMO believes that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurs productivity and growth, and benefits every stakeholder in the global maritime community.

Through its gender equality and capacity-building programme, IMO encourages its member states to enable women to train alongside men in their maritime institutes in order to acquire the high-level of competence that the maritime industry demands.

IMO supports gender equality and the empowerment of women through gender specific fellowships by facilitating access to high-level technical training for women in the maritime sector in developing countries and creating the environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes.

Most efficient
International shipping transports more than 80 per cent of global trade to peoples and communities all over the world.

Shipping is the most efficient and cost-effective method of international transportation for most goods and it provides a dependable, low-cost means of transporting goods globally, facilitating commerce and helping to create prosperity among nations and peoples.

The world relies on a safe, secure and efficient international shipping industry which is an essential component of any programme for a sustainable future green economic growth in a sustainable manner.

The promotion of sustainable shipping and sustainable maritime development is one of the major priorities of IMO in the coming years.