National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR), the Karachi Chapter of Institute of Maritime Affairs (IMA), organized a Seminar to mark the celebrations of World Maritime Day 2018. The event was held on 4th October, 2018 at Fatima Jinnah Hall, Bahria University Karachi Campus. The theme for this year’s celebration was “IMO 70: Our Heritage- Better Shipping for a Better Future”. Former Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral (Retd) Shahid Karimullah NI(M), SJ graced the occasion as the chief guest., Vice Admiral (Retd) Arif Ullah Hussaini HI(M), Rear Admiral (Retd) Pervaiz Asghar HI(M) former Director General NCMPR, Cdre (Retd) S M Obaidullah former director NCMPR and Mr. Kanwar Javaid, Research Fellow IMA presented talks on different topics related to the theme.
The World Maritime Day is celebrated every year to signify the contributions of International Maritime Industry in World’s economy and to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and marine environment. Admiral Pervaiz Asghar while deliberating on “International Policies and Governance for the Betterment of Shipping Sector” traced an account of regulations governing global shipping that carry international trade. Admiral Arif Ullah Hussaini while deliberating on “Maritime Potential of Pakistan” highlighted the opportunities in terms of blue economy. During the seminar Cdre S M Obaidullah presented current scenario of national shipping with particular focus on the maritime infrastructure in the country. While Mr. Kanwar Javaid deliberated upon the historical development of Pakistan’s shipping industry and outlined the contemporary challenges and opportunities.
Director General Institute of Maritime Affairs (IMA) Rear Admiral Mukhtar Khan HI(M) applauded and acknowledged speakers for their knowledgeable presentations. He further said that maritime industry has secured a vital standing in our daily life and serves as the backbone of global trade and economy. In concluding remarks, the Chief Guest said that maritime sector plays significant role in creating employment opportunities and prosperity through advancing trade by sea. He said the theme of the day provides us an opportunity to identify and promote best practices and building bridges between many diverse actors involved in ports, shipping and other related segments of maritime sector. The Chief Guest appreciated efforts of NCMPR for organizing the seminar and providing a platform to deliberate on issues related to maritime domain in Pakistan. The event was attended by the various prominent dignitaries, serving and retired naval officers, government officials, intellectuals, researchers and students.