The Honourable L. Michael Henry Minister of Transport and Mining delivered the Keynote address at the Signing of Cooperation Agreement between Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) and Antwerp Maritime Academy (AMA) July 20, 2017.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to be here this morning to witness the Cooperation Agreement between Antwerp Maritime Academy (AMA) of Belgium and the Caribbean Maritime Institute. The friendship between Jamaica and Belgium will be strengthened even more, as a result of this new, and I dare say, bold innovative step.”
“Antwerp Maritime Academy is the leading maritime educational institution on the European Continent. While the Caribbean Maritime Institute – soon to be University – is the Caribbean’s leading maritime school. In this context, I am of the firm belief that these two institutions are marrying into a union that is pregnant with possibilities.”
“The fruits that shall be borne from the seeds that have been planted will redound to the benefit of this and future generations of Jamaicans.”
“I pause to acknowledge in a personal way Captain Yuri Verniers of Exmar Ship Management, the largest and preferred employer of CMI graduates. Captain, please stand and take a bow. Your efforts to ensure that we are numbered among the best have not gone unnoticed. Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation and take back to your company and our partner, sunshine greetings from Jamaica.”
“Exmar has been our long-standing partner. Now that Antwerp Maritime Academy has come on board, the triangle is now complete. All angles are covered. CMI, Antwerp and Exmar [Ship Management], stronger together, for the long haul. Yes! Indeed, so I say to others, catch the tide and sail with us.”
“Overall this Cooperation Agreement that will be signed this morning will go a far way, in strengthening the economic impact for Jamaica.”
“We are therefore excited that this collaboration extends itself to capacity building and student and teacher exchanges. We are mindful that the shipping industry is changing at a rapid pace and this will definitely help CMI to successfully navigate the uncharted waters of the seascape. Let me remind you that LPG and LNG ships are getting more and more complex and education must be relevant and complementary, as we move to strengthen the CMI Brand. That’s why establishing global partnerships are very important to us as strategy going forward.