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Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers ends 3rd
Annual General Meeting
The West Africa Branch of The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers
(ICS), has ended its 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM)
which also marked the formal launch of its 10th
Anniversary Celebration under the theme
"Standardisation Shipping Practices, the role of
Education and Training" in Tema. The AGM was attended
by Fellows, Members and Student members from Nigeria, Cameroon,
Sierra Leone, Gabon and Ghana. Participants from outside the
country mainly joined online.
In her welcome address, the immediate past Chairperson of the
Branch, Gertrude Adwoa Ohene-Asienim, FICS, said the theme
was carefully chosen to be in line our objective
of promoting professionalism in Shipping.
"To this end, what we sought to achieve was to foster closer
collaboration between ICS, governmental agencies, and the Shipping
community. We managed to get bigger platforms to provide education
and training support to Institutions and companies mainly on
voluntary services. We have forge closer collaboration between ICS
and the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA), the National Insurance
Commission (NIC), Ghana Maritime Authority and the Regional
Maritime University", She explained.
Gertrude said the Branch is poised to roll out the Understanding
Shipping Course which will be mainly online to make our courses
accessible to workers and students who want to understand shipping
better to enroll. "We have submitted the draft of chapter 9 to head
office and have received feedback on it. We will work hard to
finish the chapter and get the course rolled out by January 2021"
she intimated. The successful rollout of this course will change
the face of shipping knowledge in West Africa with practical
examples from the region that will give better understanding of
shipping to players within the industry.
"ICS embarked on ambitious projects also in connection with the
effort to bring shipping closer to our community. We are seriously
raising funds for the Maritime Library project to be built at the
Regional Maritime University. The architectural design for the
project is ready and we would like to thank the head office in
London, the Education Trust Fund and all companies who
have donated locally for their support, She said.
In addressing the AGM as the Special Guest of honour, Susan
Oatway FICS (Institute International Chairman), noted that the role
of education and training in this network is paramount. To be able
to teach the future leaders of our industry is an honour and a
privilege. To ensure that they have the skills needed to take our
sector into the future is a huge responsibility, and one that the
Institute does not take lightly.
"The Institute is delighted to have such an effective branch in
West Africa, with established headquarters in Ghana and an active
chapter in Nigeria, supporting members and students throughout the
region. It serves an important purpose as a force for professional
standards, working closely with government, and has formed strong
bonds with institutions including the Regional Maritime
University", she remarked.
The Guest presenter for the day was Mr. Krishnan Subramanian
(FICS) the immediate Past President of the Middle East Branch who
shared experiences on the 25years journey of the Middle East Branch
and lessons that the West Africa Branch can learn from these.
Meanwhile, Mr. Frank Tony Eshun, FICS, newly elected Chairperson
for the West Africa Branch reiterated the fact that education and
training of indigenous West Africans will be the enabler to play
the expected role within the maritime industry.
"We will build on the solid foundation laid by the previous
administrations to ensure that the added advantage of having an
informed and trained local personnel is realized", he said.
Mr. Tami Adu (FICS) from Nigeria was elected as Vice Chairman
for the Branch.
Awards and Citations were presented to the past director of the
Institute, Julie Lithgow for her dedication and support to the
Institute and the branch during her tenure as director. Other
deserving fellows and student members were also awarded.
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