Seven Ghanaian women maritime professionals from the Women’s lnternational Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA-Ghana) joined 170 ladies in the maritime industry to participate in the 41st WISTA International conference in Hamburg, Germany.
Ghana’s delegation was led by the president, Madam, Jemilat Jawulaa Mahamah (MICS).
Hosted by WISTA Germany, the conference was on the theme “Shipping 2025: Today’s Actions for Tomorrow’s Business” was organised in a hybrid format at Rothenbaum with 23 countries representing.
This year’s annual general meeting and conference was the forty-first after the maiden event took place in 1981.
WISTA International takes SDG 5 as a priority and therefore gender disparity in the industry was highlighted as equitable access to leadership role in the martime sector remains a passionately debated concern.
History seems to have contributed to its current state of affairs.
A report of the gender survey undertaken by WISTA and IMO showed that women are still under represented in the industry.
President of WISTA Ghana, Jemilat Jawula Mahamah, noted that women leaders have to put in a lot more effort to promote the empowerment of middle level women in the industry and also encourage the up-and-coming young ones in the industry.
She maintained the future of shipping will be driven not only by technology but also decarbonization of the ships that are coming out onto the market.
Africa as a continent, she emphasized, will have to put systems in place to catch up with the rest of the world so as to become competitive.
Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Kitack Lim, said the decision to have an extensive review of its conventions on reducing pollution from the shipping industry which entered into force in 2020.
WISTA International’s HR Committee Head and Former Head of Shipper Services of the Ghana Shippers Authority, Mrs. Naa Densua Aryeetey, from Ghana gave an overview of the committee report and announced the WISTA Personailty Award.
Two new Excos were also welcomed to the association’s leadership.