The occasion started with an opening remark by Koji Sekimizu, former secretary basic of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and a statement by Dr Janil Buthuchery, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Transport and Communications and Information of Singapore.
H E Dr Futaisi stressed the depth of the ancient maritime relations linking the sultanate with Singapore. He then created a presentation on the history of Oman by means of the ages. H E Dr Futaisi also referred to the sultanate’s relations with the nations of the area and the globe, in addition to the financial and industrial trade of the sultanate all through history.
He also outlined sultanate’s contributions to cultural communication, as nicely as the transfer of values, ethics and cultures amongst nations by means of which the nation gained its particular position.
H E Dr Futaisi affirmed the interest accorded by the sultanate’s government to numerous fields of maritime activity and the blue economy below the smart leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, to preserve the sultanate’s historic position in the field of maritime activity.
H E Dr Futaisi pointed out that the conference comes to communicate globally and highlight the value of the history and maritime heritage in the development of the sector and its future improvement. He added that history holds numerous issues by means of which to foresee the future. He pointed out that the conference highlights the sultanate’s historic part as a fantastic maritime nation with deep history of trade and civilised communication amongst nations.
The very first World Congress on Maritime Heritage was organised 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 was attended by a lot more than 300 participants representing governments, international and regional organisations and international businesses and institutions specialised in maritime affairs, such as shipping and insurance coverage businesses, representatives of seaports, maritime education centres, museums and specialists in maritime affairs.
On the sidelines of the conference, a number of meetings and discussions have been held aiming at enhancing cooperation and acquaintance amongst participants and persons interested in the maritime affairs sector. The World Congress on Maritime Heritage also coincided with the 200th anniversary of the founding of the contemporary Singaporean state, a significant worldwide hub for shipping, finance and trade.
Information Source: Muscat Daily