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MPA Singapore to have new Chief Executive from 1 Jan. 2019

Ms. Quah Ley Hoon will be appointed as the Chief Executive of the MPA Singapore, as from 1 January 2019. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne in France, as well as a Master of Business Administration from the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. 

IMO-supported event focuses on women in Africa’s maritime sector

A sideline WOMESA event on the occasion of the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, on 26-28 November, focused on the integration of women in the maritime sector, comprising participants from 10 African countries supported by IMO and conference attendees.

BIMCO’s first woman President to focus on environmental challenges

Sadan Kaptanoglu will become BIMCO’s first woman President in June 2019. Ms. Kaptanoglu supports the Women in Maritime initiative to attract more women in the sector. However, the economic, regulatory and environmental challenges will remain at the centre of her agenda.

IMO enhances women knowledge in port management

Through its Women in Maritime programme, IMO is hosting a two-week training course for female officials from maritime and port authorities of developing countries in Le Havre, France. A total of 27 female officials from 18 developing countries are participating, to enhance their knowledge in port management and operational efficiency.

Enhancing women’s role in the fishing industry

Despite the fact that fishing is one of the world’s most dangerous professions, many people depend on this industry for their livelihoods, and especially women who often face difficult conditions. For this reason, IMO focused on providing equal opportunities for the women in the sector, during the first International Conference of Women in Fisheries.

Career Paths: Diane Gilpin, Smart Green Shipping Alliance

In our special column, we are delighted to host an interview with Mrs. Diane Gilpin, Founder/ CEO, Smart Green Shipping Alliance (SGSA), who inspire us to always invest in our curiosity and dedicate time to listening without judgement and building strong relationships.

Gender equality taskforce to redress the balance 

Creating a “redressing “plan is an effective method to assess, maintain, and monitor the knowledge, skills, and attributes of people with respect to gender equality in a shipping organization. There are women of all ages and abilities wanting to be a part of our maritime future and we must make sure they will.

NPA: Africa must take measures to facilitate trade

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority Hadiza Bala Usman has supported an African framework aiming to enhance the transport of cargos and the quality of logistics in a more predictable manner. She also called African Women in Maritime to come up with strategic plans for this purpose.

Talking about the gender pay gap in shipping

The EU celebrates on 3 November the Equal Pay Day, in a bid to highlight the difference in the average gross earnings of women and men in global business. Women in the European Union still earn on average 16.2% less than men, while in the maritime field, the figure climbs to 45%.


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