Maritime industry players have called on the government to ensure the successful implementation of a National Integrated Maritime Strategy (NIMS) to help address challenges in the sector.
At a stakeholder engagement in Prampram last Saturday, the discussants said the NIMS would be of benefit to the country’s maritime sector, but that could only be realised if the government showed commitment in its implementation.
“We have seen many laudable ideas put together, but in the end they become stillborn and left to decorate the shelves.
It will be very sad that after all these painstaking efforts, this document is not implemented. If that is the case, then it would be better if it was not started at all,” the Vice-Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University, Professor Elvis Nyarko, stated.
Work on the NIMS started in 2018 and is expected to be ready next year. The document is currently being reviewed by stakeholders in the maritime industry and other sectors for their inputs.
The NIMS seeks to provide a blueprint on how to make the country’s maritime domain safe and secure, develop a thriving maritime industry and also ensure that the country turns its marine resources into a thriving economy that will contribute to national development.
It will, among others, focus on strengthening the governance system in the maritime sector, ensure the safety and security of the country’s maritime domain, promote the marine and coastal environment, and also develop a thriving blue economy.
The NIMS is being developed under the auspices of the Security Governance Initiative (SGI), a project between the government of Ghana and that of the United States of America (USA).
Ghana’s lead partner in the SGI project is the National Security Secretariat.
It focuses on four main areas: maritime security, border security, cyber security and the administration of justice.