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Maldives Maritime Conference Concludes with Success

Maldives Maritime Conference Concludes with Success

The Maldives Maritime Conference, held on March 6th, 2024, at Villa Nautica, successfully concluded with insightful dialogue on key issues facing the maritime industry. Organized by Maldives Port Limited (MPL), the event brought together industry leaders, experts, and stakeholders to explore opportunities and solutions for the future of the sector.

The conference kicked off with a keynote address by Mr. Mark Assaf, Chief HRDS-Train for Trade at UNCTAD, setting the stage for discussions on themes like employment creation, infrastructure development, and navigating logistical challenges.

Focus on Growth and Sustainability

The conference delved into various crucial topics:

  • Creating Jobs and Income: The first session explored strategies to enhance employment and income generation within the maritime industry. Dr. Azmath Jaleel, Director of IOI Ocean Academy Maldives, and Dr. Nazry Bun Yahya, Head of JP Skills Centre at Johor Port Berhard, led the discussion.
  • Evolving Infrastructure: Dr. Ichio Motono, Executive Director of the Overseas Coastal Area Development Institute of Japan, and Mr. Hussain Naeem, Consultant at MPL, shared valuable insights on the evolution of port and maritime infrastructure development.
  • Overcoming Logistical Hurdles: Dr. Nazry Bin Yahya and Mr. Ahmed Zubair, Deputy Managing Director of Maldives State Shipping, addressed bottlenecks in maritime logistics and potential solutions, moderated by Mr. Mark Assaf.
  • Climate Change and Island Nations: The impact of climate change on small island developing states, particularly on their port activities, was explored by Mr. Raul Cascajo Jimenez, Head of Environmental Policies at Valencia Port Authority, and Ms. Aishath Shimla, General Manager of MPL. Dr. Azmath Jaleel moderated this session.
  • Decarbonization Efforts: Ms. Eva Perez Garcia, Innovation Promotion Director at Fundacion Valencia Port, and Mr. Ahmed Inaan, Chief Technology Officer at MPL, discussed energy efficiency and decarbonization strategies for maritime transport and facilities.

Looking to the Future

The concluding session, “What Does the Future Hold for the Maritime Industry?”, featured a panel discussion with Mr. Ennarasu Karunesan, IAPH Regional Representative to India, Mr. Mark Assaf, and Dr. Azmath Jaleel, moderated by Ms. Eva Perez Garcia. The panel focused on upcoming trends and the need for knowledge development to navigate the future landscape.

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The conference culminated in an awards ceremony acknowledging the speakers’ contributions, followed by a gala dinner. The Maldives Maritime Conference provided a valuable platform for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and strategic planning, paving the way for a more sustainable and prosperous future for the maritime industry in the Maldives and beyond.

MMJ News Desk
Author: MMJ News Desk

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