Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Recognizing the need to further empower female industry professionals and celebrating International Women in Maritime Day; UAE Maritime Week successfully organized the Women in Maritime Business Excellence Roundtable in support of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MOEI UAE) The “She of Caliber” initiative launched last year. The roundtable, held on Day 2 of this week’s flagship event, Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East (SMLME), features some of the most prominent female maritime professionals who have played key roles in revolutionizing the industry locally, regionally and globally within range.
The roundtable highlighted strategies and initiatives to increase women’s participation in the workforce at all levels of the industry by removing barriers, promoting diversity and advocating for gender equality in male-dominated fields. The roundtable also illuminated the significant contributions women can make to the industry through their unique perspectives and skills, highlighted the challenges they face, and highlighted the need for comprehensive policy frameworks to improve their representation and professional development in the industry.
Nayana Nandkumar, General Manager, Dubai Shipping Agents Association (DSAA) Said: “The maritime industry must recognize and embrace the significant value that women bring. Over the years, female maritime professionals have proven their expertise in navigating ships, managing ports, leading logistics operations, conducting research and contributing to innovative solutions knowledge. Our diverse perspectives and unique experience add enormous value to the industry, fostering creativity, adaptability and broader thinking. By recognizing and embracing the talents of maritime women, the industry can draw from a vast untapped potential. This is not only a matter of fairness and equality, but also a strategic need for sustainable growth and development of the industry.”
Fostering collaboration and innovation across the industry
While the roundtable supported a key United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), SDG 5, which focuses on gender equality, the highlight of the day was the signing of six ‘blue passes’ between the Ministry and prominent maritime entities in the region. An agreement initiative to create a more connected and digitally advanced industry.
There will also be an ‘Innovation Incubator’ on the second day, focusing on the innovation needs of the UAE and the global maritime industry. The conference hosted presentations from established and upcoming technology entities, showcasing their groundbreaking solutions for the industry. The event highlighted the importance of adopting new technologies to improve operational and cost efficiencies.
Emma Howell, Director of Portfolio Middle East Development, Informa Markets Maritime & Cruise Said: “Day two of Seatrade’s Middle East Maritime Logistics Conference 2023 demonstrated the importance of diversity and innovation in the maritime industry. The Women of Excellence in Maritime Business Roundtable highlighted the need to increase women’s participation at all levels, while the ‘Innovation’ Incubator” showcased How cutting-edge solutions will shape the future of the industry. As we move forward, we must continue to prioritize diversity and innovation for a more resilient and sustainable marine ecosystem. “
About UAE Maritime Week
UAE Maritime Week is a key meeting place for professionals with a vested interest in developing the maritime sector across the UAE. As the region continues to emerge as a key industry hub, the week-long series of events, held annually, provides a key opportunity for participants to meet, form partnerships and exchange ideas. Under the auspices of the UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, UAE Maritime Week 2023, facilitated by Informa Markets Maritime, will take place in Dubai from 15-19 May.
About Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East
Seatrade Maritime Logistics Middle East is the largest maritime trade event and conference in the Middle East. The event sees the largest gathering of shipowners in the region and connects them with thousands of motivated industry professionals from the local and international maritime markets. Held every two years in Dubai, this highly anticipated event offers an unrivaled stage for those looking to do business in the thriving Middle Eastern market. It provides a pathway for local businesses to meet key international stakeholders. Now in its tenth edition, the event caters to all maritime businesses with a vested interest in the Middle East market.
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