WMU and IMO Further Promotion of National Maritime Transport Policies

On 20 April, the World Maritime University and the International Maritime Organization partnered on delivering an Introduction to the National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) during Singapore Maritime Week. The NMTP concept is being promoted by the International Maritime Organization (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.

Delivered virtually, the session was part of the Advanced Maritime Leaders’ Programme (AMLP) and  included an example of a sample policy decision made at an IMO body, allowing participants to better understand the context and issues to consider before transposing such a decision into their own NMTP.  It also gave the opportunity for attendees to intervene with specific questions related to NMTP. 

WMU was represented by Professor George Theocharidis and IMO by Mr Jonathan Pace, Chief of the Subdivision for Programme Management and Coordination Technical Cooperation Division. The event was organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Academy (MPAA).

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, 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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