National Maritime Transport Policy Workshop Delivered in Brazil
From 5-7 July, the World Maritime University (WMU) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) partnered on delivering an Introduction to the National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) workshop in Brazil in close cooperation with the Brazilian Navy. 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 the first in-person delivery of the NMTP programme material that was revised and updated in 2021 by IMO in collaboration with WMU. The workshop brought together some thirty participants from a wide array of Government Ministries and Agencies whose mandate and activities impact on the maritime sector. The importance of a sound policy and related strategy for its implementation was highlighted as a means to support and strengthen the sustainable governance and development of the maritime sector.
WMU was represented by Professor George Theocharidis and Professor Henning Jessen. IMO was represented by Mr Jonathan Pace, Chief of the Subdivision for Programme Management and Coordination Technical Cooperation Division. The workshop was delivered by IMO and WMU, within the framework of the IMO Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP) and with generous funding from the Government of the People's Republic of China.
IMO and WMU have cooperated on the delivery of NMTP Training Packages to several countries since 2016, including Antigua and Barbuda, Cambodia, Cameroon, 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.