The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) and the Danish Maritime Authority have signed a bilateral agreement for the mutual recognition of seafarer certificates between Ghana and Denmark.
The director generals of the two institutions, Rev. Dr Peter Issaka Azuma and Mr Andreas Nordseth, initialled for their respective organisations.
The ceremony took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, last week when a maritime delegation from Ghana participated in this year’s Danish Maritime Forum from October 6 – 9, 2015. The delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs Joyce Bawa Mogtari.
The forum brought together ministers, top executives and experts from all aspects of the global maritime industry to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the maritime industry and how to unleash its full potential for long-term economic development.
Mrs Bawa Mogtari presented a paper on the topic “Improving Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea- the Ghanaian perspective”.
She also participated in ministerial roundtable discussions which included the Minister of Business and Growth of Denmark, Mr Troels Lund Poulsen and the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries, South Korea, Mr Yoo Kijune, as well as the Under Secretary of Transport, on how to improve maritime cooperation between the two countries.
Dr Azuma noted that the signing of the agreement marked a positive development by the authority towards alleviating the unemployment difficulties of Ghanaian seafarers, considering the fact that Denmark was a leading ship owning country with huge employment opportunities on board its flagships.
He expressed the hope that Ghanaian seafarers and ship manning agencies would take advantage and access the Danish maritime labour market.