Shipping in the 17 + 1 countries for the sake of being an important source of employment and income has always been the key to achieving prosperity and economic growth. In rapidly developing countries, investment in human capital plays a key role in economic development. The current changes and the growing importance of the Polish maritime economy create new perspectives for women in the maritime industry.
Highly Qualified Women dominate in the 17+1 format countries
According to the latest Women Forbes ranking, it is easier for women to succeed and have a creer in countries undergoing strong economic transition then in those with stable economies. In countries that are chasing the West and developing twice as fast as the EU average, it is easier to break the „glass ceiling” and get to the top. Women in Poland, Romania and China are leaders in this respect. While we observe a positive phenomenon in the context of maritime education, there is still a long way to go in the context of the maritime labor market.
A glance at the maritime economy from a women perspective
The year 2019 was established by the IMO International Maritime Organization as the year of recognizing the importance of the role of women in maritime economy. Highly qualified women who managed to gain their place on the maritime labor market showed their strength, qualifications and determination in gaining a high professional position. Women in Poland, Romania and China are leaders in this respect. The current UN, IMO trends, the emerging new formula of the sustainable, safe and ecological shipping, seem to be an opportunity to increase the participation of high qualified women on the maritime labor market.
Deputy Minister F.A. Maciej Lang attends a meeting of National Coordinators of 17+1 Format held in Beijing
The participants agreed to have the 17+1 Midterm Cooperation Agenda for 2020-2025 adopted during the meeting of 17+1 leaders in 2020.
The visit of the People’s Republic of China’s foreign minister to Warsaw
On July the 8th, 2019, ministers f.a. of both countries chaired the II meeting of the Polish-Chinese Intergovernmental Committee. Both sides welcomed the activities of the Coordinating Secretariat for Maritime Issues of Central and Eastern Europe and China.
The “16+1” becomes the “17+1”: Greece joins China’s cooperation framework in Central and Eastern Europe
On April 11 and 12, participants met in Dubrovnik for the framework’s 8th Summit, as well as for its 9th Business Forum, where the new member of the Format – Greece was announced.