Coordinating Secretariat for Maritime Issues

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.

Promoting cooperation between seaports within the Belt and Road Initiative

During the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 Mr. LIU Xiaoming, Vice-Minister of Transport of China delivered a presentation on promoting pragmatic cooperation in seaports along the Belt and Road Initiative. Mr. LIU Xiaoming pointed out the achievements made in Chinese domestic port development. He emphasized that the total cargo throughput of Chinese ports and the volume of containers handled at Chinese ports is the first in the world and that 7 Chinese ports are on list of the world’s top 10 seaports.

photo: Wojciech Strozyk

World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 in Szczecin. The most important maritime event of the United Nations has just ended!

Debates with attendance of 15 ministers from all over the world, world-class experts and more than 800 domestic and foreign participants as well as discussions on the most important challenges facing maritime economies nowadays were the results of the World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2018 in Szczecin, which was held on June 13-16 and was organized by the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation of Poland in cooperation with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.