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Women, ports and facilitation (10 April); Making cross-border trade simpler (11 April)


Two key events are being held during the Facilitation Committee's 43rd session (FAL 43, 8-12 April 2019) - and both are being livestreamed.

See below for information and how to participate remotely.

 Women, ports and facilitation (10 April)

​This special event on "Women, ports and facilitation" is co-sponsored by IMO and WISTA, to  reflect on the 2019  World Maritime Day theme, "Empowering women in the maritime community".

Time and location: 5: 45 p.m., IMO Headquarters, London, United Kingdom

Provisional Programme:

5.45 p.m. Welcome speech Mr. Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary-General

5.50 p.m. Opening and introduction Ms. Siv Gaalaas, Specialty Director, International Maritime Regulation and Polar Affairs, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Norway

5.55 p.m. IMO's women in maritime programme Ms. Helen Buni, Principal Programme Assistant, Resource Mobilization and Partnership, TCD, IMO

6.00 p.m. Embracing diversity and collaboration to deliver innovative world class best maritime practices into the future Ms. Jeanine Drummond, Vice-Chair IAPH Women's Forum

6.10 p.m. WISTA international's reach to empower women and build capacity in the maritime industry Ms. Jeanne Grasso, Partner, Blank Rome LLP,
WISTA International, Executive Committee Member for the Americas Region

6.20 p.m. Smart shipping, threat or opportunity for women Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, Chief Executive Officer, UAE Maqta Gateway

6.30 p.m. Use your power to empower: Women in the port sector Dra. Guimara Tuñon Guerra, Director General, Ports and Maritime Ancillary
Industries, Panama Maritime Authority

6.40 p.m. Open discussion / questions and answers

7.00 p.m. End of seminar and reception

 Making cross border trade simpler (11 April)

The seminar on "Making cross-border trade simpler" is co-sponsored by IMO and the  International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA). It will cover: Values and benefits of a Port Community System, links to Single Window and WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

In recent years, due to the speed of digital development, there has been an increased focus on the digitalization of cross-border movements of goods and the simplification of administrative processes. Port Community Systems (PCS) have been exchanging electronic information in sea ports and airports for over 40 years, and with the advent of Single Window (SW) and the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, PCS have become an increasingly important part of simplifying cross-border trade.

Time and location: 2:00 p.m., IMO Headquarters, London, United Kingdom

Provisional Programme:

2.00 p.m. Opening and introduction Roger Butturini, US Coast Guard

2.10 p.m. Electronic exchange of information for trade facilitation, Richard Morton, Secretary General, IPCSA:

  • Clarity of definitions – SW, PCS, CCS etc.
  • Integration with Single Window
  • Concept of PCS and CCS

2.30 p.m. Information flows in ports Raymond Seignette, Port of Rotterdam

2.45 p.m. Maritime logistics information flows Mees van der Wiel Portbase, Rotterdam

3.00 p.m. Information flows for government, customs and maritime authorities Uwe Liebschner, Customs Chairman, IPCSA

3.15 p.m. Single Windows in Africa Stéphane Gaudechon, Bureau Veritas 3.30 p.m. Developing a PCS, Djibouti PCS Warsama Mouhoumed Bouh, Djibouti PCS

3.45 p.m. Open discussion / questions and answers

4.00 p.m. Coffee break

4.30 p.m. Open discussion / questions and answers

5.30 p.m. End of seminar

 Remote Participation

​Remote participation is open to IMO Member States, IGOs, NGOs and the general public.

Participants are welcome to watch a live meeting video and may leave interactive comments during the event and the symposium.

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Remote participants are not required to register via IMO OMRS but will be prompted online via the streaming website to fill in the following information:

  • Full name:
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Please note that early registration is not necessary. The streaming website will cache the above and reuse this profile for playing the video or re-joining the streaming sessions.

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