Dr. Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL) has stated that the Future Maritime Leaders Essay Competition represents a valuable opportunity for young people aspiring to become high-level leaders of the future to meet and engage with senior maritime stakeholders.
The year 2020 topic: ‘Over the next decade, how can the maritime sector continue to contribute to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals?’ was selected because the global maritime industry finds itself in a unique position to contribute to realizing the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals over the next decade.
In addition, International shipping is responsible for the transport of 80% of global trade as well as having deep connections to a wide range of stakeholders from across the value chain. This gives it a vital role in tackling issues like trade and growth, climate change, global infrastructure and food and energy security.
Jadesimi made the statement while speaking on the competition in a press statement issued by LADOL.
According to Jadesimi who is one of the selection committee for the competition, “Now more than ever the world needs to hasten its progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. For the maritime sector this is not just the right this to do it is also the most profitable and essential business plan that we must all adopt. Sustainability offers trillions of dollars of untapped opportunity and that will also help ensure that future global crisis can be averted. This is therefore the most important topic for young people to write about today – because they are the future of the maritime industry, so their understanding and pursuit of sustainability will determine the shape of the global maritime sector going forward. I wish all the participants the best of luck.”
According to the statement, participants in the competition should focus on the topic they find the most pressing and develop an original solution to address it.
The statement stated further that the winners of the competition will win an invitation to the Global Maritime Forum’s Virtual High-Level Meeting in October and its Annual Summit 2021 in London where they will join 250 leaders from inside and outside the maritime sector and represent the voice of young generations — all expenses covered.
Other members of the Selection Committee include: the Chief Development Strategist, Institute for Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, Christine Loh also Head of Committee; the Chief Executive Officer, V.Group UK, Graham Westgarth; the Director, SEACOR Holdings, USA, Oivind Lorentzen III; and the General Secretary, International Transport Workers’ Federation UK, Stephen Cotton.