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Madagascar Mulls Maritime Policy

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Shailaja A. Lakshmi

Madagascar is the latest country to benefit from International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s work promoting good maritime governance to support sustainable development.

A workshop started the process to develop a National Maritime Transport Policy (NMTP) for the country took place in the capital, Antananarivo (13-15 November).

Forty participants from across government departments took part and decided to complete a draft policy in early 2020.

All relevant government entities and stakeholders would be involved in the process, with the goal being to contribute to the country's sustainable socio-economic development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Maritime transport is essential for sustainable trade and development. It's a central part of the "Blue Economy", which has enormous potential to promote economic growth and improve peoples' lives - while addressing many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The workshop was organized by IMO and the Agence Portuaire, Maritime et Fluviale, with support from the World Maritime University (WMU).

Nov 20, 2019

 

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