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Opportunity for Africa to develop decarbonisation plans

Training programme aims to develop skills in developing countries

With ambitions for net-zero shipping by 2050, developing countries may be perceived to be on the back foot in terms of the ability and funding to design national strategies for maritime decarbonisation, but the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is inviting qualifying nations to nominate professionals to join a year-long training programme to improve capacity and skills.

Governments from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are invited to nominate participants to take part in the Sustainable Maritime Transport Training Programme (GHG-SMART).  

Funded by the Republic of Korea, the aim of the programme is to support the implementation of the 2023 IMO Strategy to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Shipping.

GHG-SMART is a joint annual training programme between IMO and the Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) on the implementation of the IMO 2023 GHG Strategy, specifically designed for LDCs and SIDS. It involves a series of online training courses and field visits throughout the year, including core training, assignments, engagement webinars and one-week practical training in the Republic of Korea, combined with industry visits. 

In addition, the two top-performing participants of the GHG-SMART programme (one female and one male) will be offered fully funded scholarships to study for a Master of Science in Maritime Energy Management at the World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden.  

The scholarships cover the full costs of studying at the university, including university fees, accommodation at the WMU residence, a monthly living allowance and an outbound air ticket to their home country after graduation. 

Nominations

Each country may nominate up to two participants. If two candidates are nominated, one must be female, to support gender equality.  

Member States should send their nominations by email with copy to:  Mr. Giuseppe Maxia  , Principal Administrative Assistant, Sub-division for Partnerships and Projects, Technical Cooperation and Implementation Division, IMO  

Nominations close on 16 February 2024.

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