West Africa Branch Open Day

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2019

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The West Africa branch had its open day with the National Service Association of Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority on 21st March 2019 at the Port Authority's Head Quarters in Tema.  The theme for the day was Education and Training in the Maritime Industry. The event was attended by 300 National Service Personnel.

This year's open day gave the ICS the opportunity to market its courses directly to the industry on a larger front. The idea was to get most of the service personnel interested and for them to register as students of the Institute.  An Institute qualification would be particularly beneficial to acquire industry knowledge for those working in shipping and have different backgrounds not necessarily related to the maritime industry.

The Open day was graced by the Port Marketing Manager and the executives of the service association.

The Branch Chair, Gertrude Adwoa Ohene-Asienim FICS delivered a comprehensive presentation about the Institute's courses, how to become a member, membership benefits and why shipping is a good profession. It was mentioned that ICS qualifications are very practical and can help in promoting professionalism within the industry. She encouraged all personnel to take advantage of the ICS courses and build a fulfilling career in shipping since it is an industry which wheels the commerce of trade and without which nations cannot survive.

There were other speakers also present to further enlighten the service personnel on how the industry operates and some opportunities within the shipping industry. Mr. Jonas Aryee, a lecturer at the Regional Maritime University spoke on what the maritime industry is all about and the opportunities available for personnel within the industry. Mr. David Kofi Nutakor, also a lecturer at the Regional Maritime University and Vice President of FIATA delivered some key notes on how the freight forwarding business operates.

Some members and students from the Institute were also present to support the open day celebration.

During her closing presentation, Gertrude Adwoa Ohene-Asienim challenged the personnel to enroll with ICS to guide them in promoting the most valuable elements required in business; integrity, knowledge and trust.  She emphasized that these are the keys to professionalism and the main reason why the ICS is worldwide.