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Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) 2019 in Collaboration with Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) on “Sustainable Development for Ports and Shipping in the Indian Ocean Region for Maritime Connectivity”

On the 22nd to 26th April 2019, the Centre for Maritime Economics and Industries Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) successfully conducted an MTCP training programme in collaboration with IORA on Sustainable Development for Ports & Shipping in the Indian Ocean Region for Maritime Connectivity, at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel Malaysia.

The programme was designed to enhance competency in regulating and managing port and shipping issues, as well as to provide insight to the into growing complexities and best practices of these two maritime industries.

It was aimed at senior and middle-level officials from relevant government agencies involved in policy making, regulations port and shipping management from respective IOR countries. The training also served as a bridge for participants from diverse backgrounds and culture to build a network and develop friendships.

A total of 13 IORA country participants and 10 local participants attended the training. IORA country participants were from Comoros, India, Iran, Mauritius, Seychelles, Singapore, France, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, while local participants were from Malaysian ports, port authorities, shipping companies, as well as researchers and interns from MIMA. A representative from France, which is a Dialogue Partner of IORA, joined the training as well. The event was officiated by Director General of MIMA, First Admiral Dato’ Chin Yoon Chin (Ret) and the Director of IORA Secretariat, Dr. Gatot Hari Gunawan.

H.E. Issop Patel, High Commissioner of Mauritius, and H.E. Abukar Abdi Osman, Ambassador to the Embassy of the Federal Republic for Somalia attended the opening ceremony to show their support for the programme.

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MTCP-IORA participants with MIMA Director General and Director of IORA Secretariat

Methodologies used in the course was a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials, case studies, group discussions, presentations, technical site visits, and evaluation of the topics discussed.

Case studies and group work allowed participants to identify, analyse, and interpret situations as a form of experimental learning, besides sharing and benefiting from experiences among each other.

Lectures were delivered by MIMA researchers and experts from various backgrounds of Malaysian maritime industries. The programme focused on ports and its supporting services, as well as sustainable development for ports and shipping. It also provided participants with a better insight into the Malaysian logistics master plan and overview of the ship building and ship repair (SBSR) industry.

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Moreover, the programme also comprehensively described IORA members countries’ port development and the regulations through Country Presentations, delivered by participants with different levels of developments in the maritime industry. These presentations had created an excellent opportunity to enhance comprehension of ports and shipping on a broad spectrum.

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A field trip was also organised. Participants visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia in Putrajaya, Port Klang Authority, and Westports in Port Klang to understand and learn about Malaysian government strategies in formulating policies as well as regulating and managing ports. Participants were particularly interested in the success of Malaysia’s privatisation and port operations in Port Klang.

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MTCP-IORA participants visiting Westports and Port Klang Authority

Feedback from the participants on the MTCP-IORA programme was positive. They felt that the training was well-managed and speakers had good knowledge of their respective topics. The participants thought that the training modules were relevant and useful in magnifying their knowledge of sustainable development for ports and shipping. Among some of the feedback by participants was a suggestion to increase the number of speakers with various functional roles in the maritime industry, diversify technical site visits in order to acquire in-depth in-situ maritime knowledge, and to establish strong networks between the speakers and participants for future collaborations. MIMA welcomed such suggestions, and are currently working on incorporating the whole spectrum of the maritime industry management, and include current and emerging maritime concerns such as key technologies that drive the industry (e.g. the Industrial Revolution 4.0) for future MTCP-IORA training courses.

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Group photo of MTCP-IORA Training Programme 2019 on Sustainable Development for Ports and Shipping in the Indian Ocean Region for Maritime Connectivity

MIMA would like to express its appreciation and gratitude to the following organisations for their assistance in ensuring the success of this training programme. Our sincere thanks to the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs Malaysia, Ministry of Transport Malaysia, Institute of Diplomacy & Foreign Affairs Malaysia, Port Klang Authority and Westports Malaysia. As a Centre of Excellence on maritime affairs, MIMA will continue to conduct MTCP-IORA programmes to share Malaysia’s expertise in the maritime industry with the IORA Member States.

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