The regional support network for maritime women was strengthened by the launch of a forum for the Latin America region in Panama City, Panama, in March 2012. The network was the main outcome of the regional conference on the Role of Women in Management Roles in the Maritime Sector, hosted by Panama and organized for IMO by the Central American Commission on Maritime Transport (COCATRAM).
The objective was to provide a springboard for a training plan designed to address the knowledge-gap of the participating women managers. In light of the robust maritime framework which exists in Latin America, through the Operative Network for Regional Co operation among Maritime Authorities of the Americas (ROCRAM) and the Operative Network of Regional Co-operation on Maritime Matters in Central America and the Dominican Republic (ROCRAM-CA), the training plan will be based directly on the five-year strategies developed by those maritime bodies.
Seventy strategy officials from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela, participated in working groups to address two main issues. Firstly, the identification of training needs for women managers under ROCRAM and ROCRAM-CA; and the integration of these training needs into the regional maritime strategies of ROCRAM and ROCRAM-CA.
The outcome of the conference was a Plan of Action for training under the ROCRAM and ROCRAM-CA strategies, and the adoption of a resolution entitled the Contribution of women in the maritime sector to the strengthening of the development and sustainability of the maritime and ports community of Latin America.