International shipping transports more than 80% 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; 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 future sustainable 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.
The Maritime sector in Ghana has christened this year’s world maritime day as ‘Ghana Maritime Week’. It comprises a three-day event to commemorate the celebration. The week starts with media appearances on major national media houses to announce the event starting from the 24th September.
The beach behind the Independence Square would be given a good treat as all stakeholders in the maritime sector beseech the said venue to purposely clean that side of town. A durbar will also be organized in honour of the chief fishermen, fishmongers and fishermen at the independence square on the 25th September.
The Ghana Maritime Authority in collaboration with its sister organizations will hold an educational talk and career guidance symposium for female senior school students at the Ghana Shippers’ Authority on the 25th September. Speakers include; Captain Hannah Aggrey of the Regional Maritime University, Captain Vormawor of the International Maritime University and many more others.
The climax is a parade of cadets and contingents from the Ghana Navy at the Regional Maritime University on the 26th September, 2019.
The theme of World Maritime Day 2019 is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community”, which will 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 – yet under-utilized – contribution of women within the maritime sector.
Shipping has historically been a male-dominated industry and that tradition runs long and deep. However, 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 and so 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.
Ralph Dinko Assistant Public Relations Officer Ghana Maritime Authority Accra, Ghana.