The notable panellists for the webinar
The importance of ports are undeniable in the trade industry. The ports play a pivotal role in facilitating economic activities, especially in imports and exports. However, this year has been wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic, causing a global economic downturn, and the port sector was not spared.
Earlier today, MIMA together with Port Klang Authority, Johor Port Authority, Kuantan Port Authority and Kuantan Port Consortium organized a webinar on Port Governance and Management: Post-Pandemic Recovery.
The webinar met the aim of the forum which to address the challenges faced by ports in Malaysia and to assess the need for strategic governance as a plan towards post-pandemic recovery. The panellists shared on how they managed issues faced by the ports during the pandemic. It also highlighted how the pandemic impacted not only the economy but also women, in general, to acknowledge the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Five on Gender Equality. According to the panellist, there are more opportunities given to women in the ports area. They believed when women rights are protected the ports will be more efficient.
YB Datuk Seri Ir. Dr Wee Ka Siong delivering the Keynote Speech
Minister of Transport, YB Datuk Seri Ir. Dr Wee Ka Siong officiated the webinar. Our esteemed guests include the Director of Maritime Safety Division from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Heike Deggim, and the United States Ambassador to Malaysia H.E. Kamala Lakhdhir, who delivered the Opening Remarks and Opening Speech, respectively.
According to YB Datuk Seri Ir. Dr Wee Ka Siong, the Ministry of Transport, for its part, will remain committed to supporting the port sector and all related businesses, and in embracing these challenges, urged the move towards recovery and to seek opportunities across the region. To add, he said that Malaysia looks forward to a leading role in re-energising the economy through the maritime sector.
More than 230 participants attended the webinar. We appreciate the participation from industry players and the public and hope that they have benefited from the forum.