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#MASE Programme in the limelight at the Mauritius Maritime Week 2018
The Maritime Security Programme (MASE Programme) was presented at the Mauritius Maritime Week 2018 (MMW), held from 22nd and 26th of January at Ravenala Attitude Hotel in Mauritius. One of the most sought-after international maritime exhibition, this year’s event was organized by the Mauritius Ports Authority with the collaboration of Transport Events Management Limited of Malaysia. It aimed at showcasing Port Louis Harbour as a maritime hub and a cruise destination.
The #MASE programme, which addresses maritime insecurity issues in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean region, was presented during the conference “Gearing up to capitalize on Blue Economy”. The panel of speakers comprised of the Minister of Ocean Economy, Maritime Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Honourable Mr Premdut Koonjoo, Mrs Kan Oye Fong Weng-Poorun, Senior Chief Executive, Ministry of Ocean Economy, Maritime Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Dr Daniel Marie, Deputy Director of the Mauritius Oceanography Institute, Mr Gilles Ribouet, Communications Director of the Indian Ocean Commission and Dr Drishty Ramdenee, Head of Ocean Economy of the Board of Investment Mauritius.
According to the Minister of Ocean Economy, Maritime Resources, Fisheries and Shipping, Honourable Mr Premdut Koonjoo “Countries like Mauritius should ensure that their ports have adequate infrastructures and frameworks to attract investors and other maritime stakeholders. Apart from capitalizing on the digital transformation of our port, we strengthen partnerships at regional and international level, to build up conducive environment, which will enable business development”.
These partnerships also aim at promoting and ensuring maritime security which is a prerequisite to the emergence of blue economy. Indeed, a coalition of bordering countries in the Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean are actively pulling together efforts to counter maritime threats and transnational crimes. “The EU-funded MASE Programme aims at providing a regional response to combat piracy and other maritime crimes. The programme which is implemented by four regional organisations, namely IGAD, COMESA, EAC and IOC, seeks to bring together stakeholders from government, industry and civil society to initiate and develop coordinated and sustainable actions to alleviate maritime threats at sea” explained the IOC representative, Gilles Ribouet.
While both private and public sectors recognized the growing importance of blue economy for States’ economic development, they are also aware of the issues and challenges facing this sector. The Senior Chief Executive of the Ministry of Ocean Economy of Mauritius, Mrs Kan Oye Fong Weng-Poorun recognized the fact that “optimum and sustainable development of the blue economy can only be achieved through knowledge and mobilization. The government of Mauritius is promoting blue economy initiatives to overcome shortcomings related to adequate competencies, conflicts between stakeholders, maritime threats and climate change impact”.
The MMW also hosted the Indian Ocean Ports and Logistics (IOPL) Conference and Exhibitions, which featured some 30international exhibition stands. The exhibitors included leading shippers, cargo owners, importers/exporters, shipping lines, freight forwarders, logistics companies, ports, terminal operating companies from the Indian Ocean islands and countries from Europe, Asia and Africa.
Some 300 delegates attended the event and participated in topical conferences related to global transportation, logistics, blue economy and so forth, conducted by international speakers.
Find out more about the IOC presentation