National Maritime Transport Policy Workshop Delivered for Cameroon

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From 14 - 18 March, the World Maritime University (WMU) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) partnered on delivering an Introduction to the National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) for officials in Cameroon. The NMTP concept is being promoted by the IMO as a good governance practice to guide planning, decision-making and legislation in the maritime sector and as a key driver for a country's sustainable development.

The workshop was delivered virtually by the instructors to onsite participants that included senior officials from various ministries, departments, agencies and other stakeholders with knowledge on the objectives, development process, content, implementation and updating of a NMTP. The training programme material, which was revised and updated in 2021 by IMO with the assistance of consultants and in collaboration with WMU, was used for the first time in the delivery of this activity.  

WMU was represented by Professor George Theocharidis, Professor Raphael Baumler, and Associate Professor Henning Jessen.  IMO was represented by Mr Jonathan Pace, Chief of the Subdivision for Programme Management and Coordination Technical Cooperation Division. 

IMO and WMU have cooperated on the delivery of NMTP Training Packages to several countries since 2016, including Antigua and Barbuda, Cambodia, Chile, Fiji, Georgia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria, Seychelles, St Kitts and Nevis, Singapore, St Lucia, Thailand and Timor-Leste. WMU’s delivery of the programme reflects its capacity-building mission and a commitment to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, in particular, Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development and Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. 

Find out more about the National Maritime Transport Policy concept, what it is and how it works, by watching IMO’s NMTP video, here.

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