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Fireworks at Kansalaistori Square, Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Fireworks in Helsinki, to celebrate a century of Finnish independence (Photo: Finland 100)

Dean Dr Samuel John of PoN

MARIBIA's maritime potential promoted in Walvis Bay

The 2015 Namibia-Finland Logistic Seminar, held in Walvis Bay on 20-22 October, has been themed and focused on exploring the economic potential between South and North. The seminar agenda was drawn up to target the development of cooperation and capacity-building between the maritime clusters of Namibia and Finland. The event was organised by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences in Finland (SAMK) in close cooperation with the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN), the Namibian–German Centre for Logistics (NGCL), the Namibia Fisheries and Maritime Institute (NAMFI), the Embassy of Finland in Windhoek and the Walvis Bay Corridor Group.

The seminar is part of the Finnish-funded MARIBIA project activities, which has been instituted to improve maritime training in Namibia. MARIBIA is based around work undertaken by NAMFI, PoN and SAMK. Supporting partners include the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources of Namibia (MFMR), the Directorate of Maritime Affairs within Namibia's Ministry of Works and Transport (DMA), the Harbour of the Walvis Bay of Namibia (NAMPORT), and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

The 2015 Namibia-Finland Logistic Seminar has been focused on economic potential

The three agenceis are jointly promoting education, development and enhancement of maritime education-based curricula, programmes, educational and administrative processes.They are also focused on building the capacity of the educational and administrative staff through sustainable structures and training initiatives.The over-arching ojective is the promotion of the creation and preservation of sustainable career opportunities in the maritime field. In the long-term, the aim is for work towards improving maritime education in Namibia, in the form of the new curricula adopted by NAMFI and PoN, to be approved by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Key personnel involved in achieving the goals and executing the initiatives presented in Walvis Bay in October include Captain Heikki Koivisto of SAMK, Dean Dr Samuel John of PoN, Captain David Hamupembe of NAMFI, and Riitta Tempakka of SAMK.

The aim is for work towards improving maritime education in Namibia