The Ghana Maritime Authority in conjunction with International Maritime Organisation is seeking to establish a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) to provide a clearer approach to regulatory and safety issues in the maritime sector.
Deputy Director-General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Daniel Appianin disclosed that key stakeholders in the industry had realized that it’s important to have conversations on the back of challenges in the maritime sector of which NMTP should be paramount in addressing them.
Daniel Appianin stated that about 80 per cent global trade by volume and over 70 per cent of global trade by value through the sea are usually threatened by infrastructure and regulatory challenges.
He was emphatic that security, safety and pollution prevention challenges threaten the sustainability of some progresses made in the maritime industry, hence, he proposed that the NMTP must come in to address these setbacks.
Minister of Transport Kweku Ofori Asiamah in a speech read on his behalf acknowledged that the maritime industry is a major contributor to Ghana’s economy and international trade and thus the NMTP is crucial to its development.
The Acting Chief of Programme Management and Technical Cooperation of International Maritime Organisation, Jonathan Pace also mentioned that the policy when established will encourage the youth to take advantage of the opportunities in the maritime fraternity.
He said the NMTP will generate employment and will bring massive improvement in the maritime sector as individuals will be trained appropriately to engage in maritime activities.
A consultant and Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Chamber of Shipping, Dr. Kofi Mbiah also shared his thoughts on how the National Maritime Transport Policy will lead to massive development in the sector.