Following the launch of SEA Change 2030, a long-term strategic vision for Cyprus shipping, the country’s Shipping Ministry is now working on the implementation of the relevant actions presented in the strategy and towards this goal, it has launched C.O.M.E. - Cyprus Open Maritime Exchange.
This latest initiative will enable the Shipping Ministry to be in continuous consultation on current maritime affairs and emerging issues in line with its new strategy with the collected information being regularly reviewed and incorporated into actions and policies.
The new platform has five focus areas for feedback including green transformation, digitalization, safety and security, coastal navigation, seafarer welfare, training and education. There is also an additional section that allows the shipping community and the civil society to explore other issues not encapsulated in these five core areas.
Vassilios Demetriades, Cyprus Shipping Minister said: “Cyprus has always prided itself on being a collaborative and proactive nation. In line with our new strategy, the C.O.M.E platform is an opportunity for ongoing consultation with individuals from right across the global shipping industry and wider supply chain, enabling productive discussion informed decision-making, and genuine progress.
“I firmly believe collaboration lies at the heart of progress. Cyprus will continue to launch and build upon key initiatives to get even closer to the industry – fostering an environment for honest discussions and, ultimately, advancement for the entire sector.
“We are starting 2022 as we mean to go on; with the introduction of a new tool that we believe will help us effectively tackle the challenges of the year ahead and beyond. As ambassadors for the industry, we want to listen, to understand, and then deliver for shipping.”
The Ministry said C.O.M.E forms a fundamental element of Cyprus’ commitment to an ‘extrovert’ approach and represents the first concrete action from its recently launched strategy. It enables the systematic collection of industry intelligence and ongoing consultation with individuals, both in and outside the shipping industry, to achieve collaborative and informed decision making.
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