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Navigating the future of SA’s maritime sector

Apr 4, 2017
Navigating the future of SA’s maritime sector

Some 40 speakers from as far afield as Norway, Morocco, Madagascar and Nigeria will be joined by more than 300 registered delegates who start arriving in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday for the second South African Maritime Industry Conference.

SAMIC 2017 will be hosted at the Sun Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth from Thursday, April 6 until Friday, April 7.

Speakers will be focusing on all aspects of the maritime economy, which has the potential to create thousands of sustainable jobs in South Africa, according to Professor Malek Pourzanjani, chief executive officer of the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), which is organising SAMIC 2017.

Delegates and speakers represent industry, academia, government and financial institutions, according to Pourzanjani.

“The definition of ‘maritime’ goes beyond shipping, into mineral and energy resources, sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, tourism opportunities and coastal infrastructure development,” says Pourzanjani.

The plenary session on Thursday will look at the outlook for the maritime economy and identify trends, opportunities and challenges.

On day two the focus is on education and on creating a supporting regulatory framework for the maritime sector.