Greek Shipping Sector to be Boosted - The Best from Greece

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Posted on: 26/Nov/2009

Economy, Competitiveness, and Shipping Greek minister Louka Katseli is in London to attend at the 26th session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) general assembly.

Speaking to reporters, on the sidelines of the meeting, Katseli outlined the government's initial policy initiatives for boosting shipping, at a time of global economic crisis.

First, the minister spoke of the importance the government attaches to upgrading the country’s ports and the service they provide, stressing that this would enhance the overall competitiveness of the Greek economy.

The second issue to which she referred was the shipping sector’s human resources with emphasis on maritime education and to the related issue of attracting young professionals into the sector.

"One of the key challenges that we are facing today is to change perceptions and devise imaginative incentives so as to improve the image of shipping and present it as a promising career choice to young people."

To this end, consultations are underway with Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou with the aim of setting up a volunteer programme that will enable high school students to travel for a week on a merchant ship so as to acquire personal experience at sea and the life of seamen.

The programme is expected to commence within the next year.



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