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Cyprus Deputy Shipping Minister launches innovative online platform

Posted on January 18, 2022 at 11:47 a.m. by

The Maritime Executive

[By: Cyprus Shipping]

Following the launch of SEA Change 2030, a long-term strategic vision for Cypriot shipping, the Deputy Minister of Shipping is currently working on the implementation of the relevant actions presented in the strategy and in this direction he has launched the new online platform: COME

COME, which stands for Cyprus Open Maritime Exchange, is one of the latest initiatives by the Cypriot Deputy Minister of Shipping to enable continuous consultation on current maritime affairs and emerging issues in line with his new strategy. The online communication platform encourages all stakeholders involved in the maritime transport supply chain as well as civil society to share their thoughts and ideas with Cyprus. The information collected will be regularly reviewed and incorporated into actions and policies.

The new platform has five priority areas for feedback, including green transformation, digitalization, safety and security, coastal shipping, seafarer welfare, training and education. There is also an additional section that allows the maritime community and civil society to explore other issues that are not encapsulated in these five main areas.

At the launch of the platform, Vassilios Demetriades, Cypriot Deputy Minister of Shipping, said: “Cyprus has always prided itself on being a collaborative and proactive nation. In line with our new strategy, the COME platform is an opportunity for ongoing consultation with people from across the global maritime industry and wider supply chain, enabling productive discussion, decision making informed and real progress.

“I firmly believe that collaboration is at the heart of progress. Cyprus will continue to launch and build on key initiatives to get even closer to the industry – fostering an environment conducive to honest discussions and ultimately the advancement of the entire industry. We start 2022 as we want to continue; with the introduction of a new tool that we believe will help us effectively meet the challenges of the coming year and beyond. As industry ambassadors, we want to listen, understand, and then deliver for shipment. »

COME is a fundamental element of Cyprus’ commitment to an “extroverted” approach and represents the first concrete action of its recently launched strategy. It enables the systematic collection of industry intelligence and ongoing consultation with people, both inside and outside the shipping industry, to achieve collaborative and informed decision-making.

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