Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) is set to organize a strategic conference targeted at enhancing women’s role in shipping and maritime.
The event which holds on Tuesday this week, would have the President of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA), Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou and the President of World Maritime University (WMU), Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry as guest speakers.
According to the organizers, the conference would feature a hybrid format with the onsite meeting at Lagos Oriental Hotel by 9am, while the online version will be streamed simultaneously on Zoom.
The summit themed: “The Future of Shipping: Weathering the Storms, Sailing High,” is open to all operators in the shipping sector and stakeholders in other aspects of maritime.
Mr. Andy Isichei, the President of Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), will play the role of the host at the event.
Speaking with News Diet, the Acting Director General of NCS, Mrs. Vivian Chimezie-Azubuike said the upcoming conference is line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5, which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
“Following the International Maritime Organization (IMO) resolution to proclaim May 18th as the International Day for Women in Maritime; NCS sees it as a call to action for women in the sector to see themselves not just as an integral part of the industry; but also deliberately position themselves to contribute to the future of shipping.”
“This conference will elucidate the various current disruptions in the industry and how women can leverage technology to becoming key player in the industry, thus bridging the gap of gender inequality which is synonymous with the industry,” she said.
Sponsors of the event include; Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Maersk Line, ENL Consortium, SIFAX Group, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and Starz Investment Company.