ANTIGUA HOSTS NATIONAL MARITIME TRANSPORT POLICY WORKSHOP
16th – 18th May 2017
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – 17th May, 2017…Delegates from 17 national departments and agencies are currently participating in a three day training course hosted by the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping and facilitated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) with the consultants representing both the IMO and the World Maritime University (WMU). The workshop is being held at the Antigua and Barbuda Hospitality Training Institute on the subject of National Maritime Transport Policy as part of the IMO’s worldwide program of capacity building.
Through a series of presentations from the IMO team and practical exercises, the workshop aims to raise awareness on the importance of a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) as a good governance practice by engaging the representatives of the various Government Ministries/Agencies and other possible stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue with a view to laying the basis for developing such a policy which could form part of or be parallel to a broader national integrated maritime policy or ocean governance policy.
This capacity building activity is also aimed at providing the necessary knowledge and the required skills to those involved in the preparation of a NMTP, and hence the importance of cross sectional participation. The IMO requested that the World Maritime University (WMU) and International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) graduates located in Antigua & Barbuda be invited to attend the workshop.
Mr. Jonathan Pace, Head of Programme Management and Maritime Transport Policy, Technical Cooperation Division of the International Maritime Organization, in his remarks said that the promotion and development of national policies to guide planning, decision making and relevant legislative actions is a good governance practice of many governments. The maritime transport sector is no exception considering the various stakeholders involved in shipping, which is indispensable to the world, and the critical importance of this sector to the socio-economic development and environmental well-being of a country.’ Ambassador Dwight Gardiner, the Director and Registrar General of ADOMS, urged the participants to ‘take full advantage of this training opportunity in order to acquire the fundamentals necessary to build capacity on a national level.’
Participating agencies include the Environment Division, St. John’s Development Corporation, Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority, West Indies Oil Company, Fisheries Division, National Parks Authority, Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force Coast Guard, National Office of Disaster Services, Development Control Authority, Barbuda Council, Antigua and Barbuda Ministry of Tourism, Antigua and Barbuda Marine Association, Ministry of Finance – Development Planning Unit, Cruise & Shipping Association, Antigua Pier Group Ltd., Attorney General’s Chambers and the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping.