Panama Minister of Maritime Affairs, Jorge Barakat, has announced that Panama will be hosting next years’ World Maritime Day celebrations from 1 – 3 October, within the framework of the centennial of its ship’s registry.
“Within the framework of the celebration of the 100 years of the international Ship Registry of Panama, we have been distinguished by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), to celebrate the World Maritime Day, both events to be carried out in Panama city, in October next year”, said Barakat during the 117th session of the IMO General Council.
The theme of next year’s World Maritime Day is “Connecting ships, ports and people” in order to build bridges between the many actors involved in the shipping and ports sectors and improve cooperation, raise global standards and promote best practices.
“This is the reason why on behalf of Panama we feel honoured and also would like to take this opportunity to invite the delegated members and the general secretary, Kitack Lim, to join us in this important occasion, that showcases the potential of our maritime sector, our improvements to the logistic platform and above all, our strength as the world’s largest ship registry”, said Barakat.
World Maritime Day was first held on March 17, 1978. The date was created to celebrate the positive influence of maritime industry on the world’s economy. Each day is focused on a selected theme such as sustainable activities, maritime security, and safety, among others.