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  • Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the growth of the shipping and maritime sectors is a priority of the Government in keeping with the economic growth strategy.
  • She was speaking at this morning’s (April 13) opening of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) five-day Women in Maritime Affairs (WiMA) conference, which opened this morning (April 13) at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay.
  • The Information Minister, in her presentation, welcomed the move to establish a WiMA for the Caribbean. The association will be formed during the staging of the five-day conference.

Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, said the growth of the shipping and maritime sectors is a priority of the Government in keeping with the economic growth strategy.

“This includes strengthening the country’s identity as a maritime country. We want to attract and develop a more diversified range of maritime activities through infrastructure development, capacity building, education and training and business expansion,” she pointed out.

She was speaking at this morning’s (April 13) opening of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) five-day Women in Maritime Affairs (WiMA) conference, which opened this morning (April 13) at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay.

She noted that Jamaica is keen on developing industries in ship repair and maritime construction, which are being successfully operated in countries such as the Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago, while there is an expanded range of training opportunities available across the Caribbean.

“There is heightened awareness in the sector, fuelled by expanded training opportunities through institutions such as the Caribbean Maritime Institute. Today, many Caribbean states are deriving significant income and employment from non-traditional areas such as ship repair and construction, bunkering and international ship registration,” she said.

The Information Minister, in her presentation, welcomed the move to establish a WiMA for the Caribbean. The association will be formed during the staging of the five-day conference.

She said the development is historic and will change for the better, “the face, focus and future of the maritime industry in the Caribbean.

The Information Minister said the foundation for the formation of Caribbean WiMA has been laid through the “outstanding” work of the Maritime Association of Jamaica (MAJ).

She also lauded the role played by the IMO in “supporting the efforts of our region to integrate women in the maritime sector,” noting that the move represents “forward looking.”

The conference, which is being attended by representatives of 15 Caribbean states, is being held under the theme: ‘Maritime Women of the Caribbean…Achieving Regionally…Advancing Globally’.