(GIS) – Senior maritime administrators from the region gathered in large numbers in Saint Lucia to discuss critical issues facing the maritime sector and the relevant conventions of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority hosted the two-day workshop organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour and the IMO.
Close to 60 officials participated in the Saint Lucia hosted workshop looking at regulations and conventions relevant to the region’s maritime sector.
The Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Honorable Stephenson King noted that the maritime sector played a critical role in trade across the region and the world – in particular the movement of people, goods and services.
One of the over-arching issues of the regional meeting was the marine environment. It was put into sharp focus by Christopher Alexander, the SLASPA Director of Maritime Affairs.
The International Maritime Organization’s representative for Latin America and the Caribbean, Carlos Salgado, went on to reveal that the IMO was preparing to intensify its activities relating to the impact of climate change on the maritime sector.
The meeting in Saint Lucia laid the groundwork for strengthening the capacity of regional maritime administrators as they implement IMO conventions and influence policies and legislation that will help the sustainable development of regional economies.