Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) said it had secured a seat at the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the apex regulatory body for maritime activities globally.
The President of WISTA Nigeria, Mrs Mary Hamman, disclosed this during the association’s 2018 annual business luncheon in Lagos on Thursday.
Hamman noted that WISTA’s consultative status at the IMO would avail the association the opportunity to promote diversity, inclusion and women’s empowerment in the global body.
“WISTA can now formally contribute to the discussion for increasing capacity in the maritime industry, both shoreside and onboard ships.
“The association’s efforts is to support the overarching principles in IMO’s strategic plan, especially the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women,” she said.
The Chairman of the ocassion, Capt. Emmanuel Ihenacho, urged the association to play more active role in the World Trade Organization (WTO), noting that the organisation was critical in the affairs of global trade.
Ihenacho, who is also the Chairman of Intergrated Oil and Gas Limited, urged the association to take steps that would give the association more significant representation at the IMO Council.
Also speaking, a veteran Master Mariner, Capt. Adewale Ishola, commended WISTA Nigeria for sponsoring the nation’s first female Master Mariner.
Ishola also lauded the association for empowering women groups with the purchase of fishing boats, fishing nets, boat engines for women in various parts of the country.
He also thanked the association for sponsoring female cadets which had led to the emergence of the first female Nigerian Master Mariner currently employed with oil giant, Shell.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that event also featured the launch of a WISTA magazine. (NAN)