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IMO, WISTA Intl’ sign MoU on technical cooperation

Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association
(WISTA) International and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) today, 27 Jan.2020, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on technical cooperation.

IMO Secretary-General,  Kitack Lim, and WISTA International President,
Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, CEO, Tototheo Maritime, were joined by Fred
Kenney, IMO, Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division; Chris
Trelawny, IMO, Acting Director, Technical Cooperation Division.

Signing of the MoU
Others who joined them are Helen
Buni, IMO, Principal Programme Assistant, Resource Mobilization and
Partnerships; Gyorgyi Gurban, IMO, Senior Maritime Policy Adviser, Executive
Office of the Secretary-General; as well as WISTA International Secretary,
Alexandra Anagnostis-Iron, President, Total Marine Solutions; WISTA
International Board Member Sanjam Gupta, Director, Sitara Shipping Ltd.; WISTA
International Board Member Naa Densua Aryeetey, Head, Ghana Shipper’s

The MoU formalizes the
collaboration with the goal of developing synergies between the respective work
programmes to be mutually beneficial.

The MoU outlines how WISTA will
play an important role in helping IMO further its reach to women in the
maritime industry.

The MoU outlines WISTA’s efforts
support the overarching principles in IMO’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023,
especially the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women
through four joint activities.

Four key areas of activity
outlined in the MoU are ; First, to look for opportunities to partner on
maritime issues; which may include organizing workshops or speaking on panels
at annual conferences or other event and will endeavour to make panels diverse.

The MoU also covers to promote
greater engagement for women in maritime, among their members, the broader
ocean business community, ocean stakeholders and the public.

Third, to develop and participate
in relevant training, workshops, among other business related to their areas of
mutual interest; and finally, to support implementation of Assembly Resolution
A.1147(31) on Preserving the legacy of the World Maritime theme for 2019 and
Achieving a Barrier-Free Working Environment for Women in the Maritime Sector.

In addition, WISTA and IMO agree
to ten areas of collaboration, including a joint IMO-WISTA International study
to collect and analyse data on the number of women employed in the maritime

These areas of cooperation leverage WISTA International’s observer
status at IMO as an opportunity to promote industry leadership and cooperation
on gender equality, diversity and inclusion.

Other areas of collaboration
include: the creation of a database of female experts on maritime subjects, to
bring these experts to IMO partnership conferences and activities, to
strengthen the cooperation between women in maritime associations (WIMAs) and
WISTA International National WISTA Associations (NWAs).

The agreement is also for collaboration on key
events and communications, to participate in each other’s events, working
groups, task teams, and other activities, to identify and establish industry

The International Maritime
Organisation (IMO) is the United Nations specialised agency with responsibility
for the safety and security of shipping.

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