- 26 September, 2016: There is need to close the gender gap in the traditionally male dominated maritime sector, and the initiatives of WOMESA Mauritius are positive steps in that direction, the Minister of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, Shipping and Outer Islands, Mr Premdut Koonjoo, said last week at the opening of a Conference on ‘Shipping: Indispensible to the World’.
The Conference was organised by WOMESA Mauritius in the context of World Maritime Day, observed on 29 September this year. WOMESA Mauritius is member of WOMESA (Women Managers in the Maritime Sector in East and Southern Africa) established under the auspices of the International Maritime Organisation. One of its main objectives is to improve women’s access to maritime training and technology, enabling them to acquire the high level of competence that the industry demands, as well as to promote their advancement to key decision making levels in the maritime sector.
In his address at the Conference, the Minister dwelt on the importance of the maritime and shipping sector for Mauritius as an island economy highly dependent on international trade. He said that the WOMESA Conference was in alignment with Government programme to make the ocean economy the new economic frontier, unlock the full potential of the shipping and maritime sector and make it a pillar of our socio-economic development.
For this to be achieved, Minister Koonjoo said, trained human resources should be readily available and measures are being taken in that sense. He stressed that government has made provision to increase the intake of the Mauritius Maritime Training Academy by 50 percent to reach 1200 trainees annually. Moreover, considering the big demand for recruitment in the shipping sector, the maritime training market has also being opened to the private sector.
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