Maritime Winter School 2020 concludes in Karachi

Karach: The third cohort of Maritime Schools – Maritime Winter School 2020 (MWS 2020) – organized by Maritime Study Forum in partnership with National Institute of Maritime Affairs (NIMA) and National Centre for Maritime Policy Research (NCMPR) came to an end at Bahria University, Karachi.

The MWS2020 was a five-day school themed along “understanding maritime and coastal communities, maritime economy and policy, marine resources and hydrography, maritime security and diplomacy,” designed for researchers and scholars carrying out research in maritime domain across Pakistan. Among the participants were lawyers, media science students, IR and political science researchers, and many more.

Throughout the program, maritime practitioners and academicians including President MSF Dr Syed Muhammad Anwer, Director MSF Salman Javed, Director Maritime School Dr Aneel Salman, Rear Admiral Mukhtar Khan Jadoon, Commodore (r) Syed M. Obaidullah, Commodore M. Khalid, Dr Khurram Iqbal, Naufil Shahrukh and Director NCMPR Commodore (r) Ali Abbas explained in detail different concepts of maritime to the participants through lectures, exercises and field visits.

The hallmark of the school was the participants visiting important maritime locations namely Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA), National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Karachi Port Trust (KPT), South Asia Pakistan Terminal (SAPT), Pakistan National Shipping Corporation (PNSC), Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KS&EW) and Gadani ship breaking yard. The participants also paid a visit to Haji Alano Goth near Gadani, Balochistan where they interacted with local villagers and talked to them about the problems the local fishermen are facing on the coastal belt.

On the closing day of the five-day event, a seminar “Projecting Pakistan’s Maritime Potential through Mainstream & Alternative Media” was also held in which the panelists comprising electronic media, social media and maritime experts talked about the role of media with regards to boosting and promoting maritime sector of Pakistan. The panelist included Commodore (r) Syed M. Obaidullah, Daniyal Shaikh, Salman Parekh, Nadia Naqi and Owais Iqbal Baloch.

Afterwards, a closing ceremony of the Maritime Winter School 2020 was held in which Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, Chairperson Senate Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs, graced the occasion as Chief Guest and awarded certificates to the participants.  In her keynote address, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq congratulated Maritime Study Forum on organizing another successful maritime school. Commenting on prevailing maritime blindness, the Chairperson Senate Standing Committee on Maritime Affairs regretted the lack of maritime discourse in academia and in main stream media that has kept the pressing issues of fishermen and laborers working along the coastal belt in dark. She deplored the inability of government authorities to formulate effective and lasting policies regarding the maritime sector.


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