Sultanate Participates in 1st World Congress on Maritime Heritage

Singapore, Delegated by His Majesty Sultan

Qaboos Bin Said, Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi, Minister of

Transport and Communications is leading the Sultanate’s delegation to

the 1st World Congress on Maritime Heritage (WCMH) 13 to 15 March.

The Sultanate, represented by the Ministry of Transport and

Communications, is the main sponsor of the congress.

The event was opened today with a welcome opening remark by

Koji Sekimizu, former Secretary-General of the International Maritime

Organization (IMO), and an opening statement by Dr. Janil Buthuchery,

Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of

Communications and Information of Singapore.

Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and

Communications, stressed the depth of the ancient maritime relations

linking the Sultanate with Singapore. He then made a presentation on

the history of Oman through the ages. He referred to the Sultanate’s

various relations with the countries of the region and the countries of

the world, in addition to the economic and commercial trade of the

Sultanate throughout history and its contributions to cultural

communication, as well as the transfer of values, ethics and cultures

among nations, which gained it a special position among civilizations.

He affirmed the attention accorded by the Sultanate’s

government to various fields of maritime activity and the blue economy

under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, to

preserve the Sultanate’s historic position in the field of maritime activity.

The Minister of Transport and Communications pointed out that

the conference comes to communicate globally and highlight the

importance of history and maritime heritage in the growth of the

maritime sector and its future development. He added that history

holds many things through which to foresee the future. He pointed out

that the conference highlights the Sultanate’s historic role as a great

maritime nation with deep history of trade and civilized communication

among nations.

The 1st World Congress on Maritime Heritage is organized in

cooperation with the International Congress of Maritime Museums

(ICMM), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), IMO and the

North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA).

The conference is attended by more than 300 participants

representing governments, international and regional organizations

and international companies and institutions specialized in maritime

affairs, such as shipping and insurance companies, representatives of

seaports, maritime education centers, museums and experts in

maritime affairs.

On the sidelines of the conference, several meetings and

discussions will be held aiming at enhancing cooperation and

acquaintance among participants and persons interested in the

maritime affairs sector.

The World Congress on Maritime Heritage is set to coincide with

the 200th anniversary of the founding the modern Singaporean state, a

major global hub for shipping, finance and trade.

Source: Oman News Agency