Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2023. 10:00 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Kaylon Young, acting manager of the Technical Department at the Belize Port Authority (BPA), and specialist in maritime law and policy has burnished his professional skills with a Master of Science degree in Maritime Affairs from the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden.
On Friday Minister of Public Utilities Michel Chebat and the Port Authority issued their congratulations. In a statement, the Authority said, “As Belize prepares for the IMO [International Maritime Organization] member state audit and the shaping of its national and regional maritime policies, it will continuously rely on a highly trained and specialized workforce. [Young’s] new knowledge and skills now add tremendous value to the cadre of professionals at the BPA.”
Young completed his M.Sc. in October of 2022 and already has ten years of experience in the trade. He writes, “Maritime transport is the backbone of international trade and is essential for the development of the global economy. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and development (UNCTAD), more than 80% of products traded internationally are transported by sea, and this proportion is significantly higher for most developing countries. The maritime sector is transformational and far-reaching in its contributions to economic development, in particular for developing nations such as Belize, and as such, advancements in this sector is hinged on continuous capacity building and technical sharpening.”
He adds that his specialization “provides the essential knowledge and understanding of maritime administration issues required by senior maritime personnel and gives in-depth appreciation and advanced knowledge of the law and policy related to international maritime transport. [I] will now be able to directly contribute to and advance maritime policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation, which are critical to broader international positioning of Belize in the global trade arena.”
He further expressed his commitment to the national plans outlined in #planbelize, and also looks forward to integrating his new skillsets into the work the BPA is currently undertaking.
The World Maritime University (WMU) was created by the IMO, a specialized agency of the United Nations, in 1983 and has successfully trained over 5000 alumni from 171 countries and territories. The institution prides itself in creating a global network of leaders with the skills required to shape the maritime and ocean sectors.
We add our congratulations to Young on his accomplishments and well wishes on his future endeavours in serving his country.
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