“Revised Merchant Marine Policy and Long-Term Financing for Shipping Sector”
National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) organized an interactive webinar on an important current topic “Revised Merchant Marine Policy and Long-Term Financing for Shipping Sector. Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah NI(M), former Chief of the Naval Staff graced the occasion as the Chief Guest, while the eminent speakers included Vice Admiral (Retd) Iftikhar Rao HI(M), former MD KS & EW; Khurrum Mirza, Executive Director PNSC and Naeem Sarfaraz, Chairman Maritime Committee FPCCI. Cdre (Retd) Baber Bilal Haider SI(M), Director National Institute of Maritime Affairs moderated the session. Vice Admiral (Retd) Abdul Aleem HI(M) welcomed the worthy speakers and participants in the webinar. He highlighted the significance of the shipping industry as an indicator for the health of a country’s economy and also shared the practical aspects of the maritime issues from his versatile experience in the maritime sector. Senior Researcher NIMA, Kanwar Javed set the stage for the webinar. Vice Admiral (R) Iftikhar Rao HI(M) shared the impact of the recent amendments in Pakistan’s Merchant Marine Policy 2001. Khurram Mirza shared his insights from his practical experience of PNSC on recent amendments in the revised merchant marine policy. Naeem Sarfaraz emphasized the pivotal role of private ships for a successful shipping sector of any country. The Chief Guest, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah NI (M) applauded the efforts put in by NIMA for bringing together experts from industry and academicians to highlight this issue, its different prospects and provided solutions on this very important sector of the economy of Pakistan.