Building Global Leadership from Singapore

09 October 2017

MPA Academy’s Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme trains more than 130 Global Maritime Leaders from Over 60 Countries 

  The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) training arm, the MPA Academy (MPAA) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), will jointly organise the 7th Maritime Public Leaders’ Programme (MPLP) from 9 to 13 October 2017. Since its launch in 2011, the programme has trained more than 130 senior maritime officials from over 60 countries. 

2 This year, the programme welcomes 20 new distinguished participants from various regions including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. 

3 As one of three flagship programmes organised by MPAA, this executive programme will cover a wide spectrum of industry-relevant topics, ranging from port planning and management, shipping economics and finance, maritime law and security, to public leadership and governance. Specially designed for high-level senior executives from maritime administrations around the world, participants will attend classroom sessions conducted in consultation with industry experts and prominent maritime leaders, visit key maritime facilities otherwise not open to the public, such as PSA and Jurong Port terminals, as well as have the opportunity to network with key industry players.  

4 Dr Rashid Al Kiyumi, Director-General of Maritime Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Communications Oman, said, “The maritime industry is an integrated, dynamic and competitive industry. Therefore, to be efficient and effective in such an industry, one should be updated with trends, policies and current practices. Through participation in programmes such as the MPLP, I am able to establish a network of regional counterparts for future interactions. I hope to apply and implement the knowledge that I will gain to establish efficient methods of governance and operations in my country.”

5 Capt Oscar Gomez, Permanent Representative to the IMO, Paraguay Embassy in London, UK, said, “The 7th MPLP is an opportunity to optimise my capacity for public leadership and government. This is directly relevant to the promotion, development and performance of the Paraguayan port system and river navigation in the Paraguay-Paraná waterway. Through the application of my knowledge, I hope to be able to manage projects and proposals applicable in the fluvial-maritime area of Paraguay."

6 Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of MPA, added, "The MPLP is one of the flagship leadership development programmes of the MPA Academy that seeks to train future maritime leaders in the areas of port management, maritime industry development, and best practices in safety, efficiency and innovation, all of which are hallmarks of Maritime Singapore. This year, we welcome 20 participants from 18 countries."