The Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) and the Korean Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technology (KIMFT) hosted the 2nd APEC Strategy Planning Meeting for the Seafarer Excellence Network of the Asia Pacific (SENAP) in Intramuros, Manila on 03-05 of April 2019.

Various member countries of the APEC, including the Philippines, participated in this year’s three-day meeting that aims to discuss the Terms of Reference (TOR) for the establishment of the SENAP and its sustainable operation.

During the strategic meeting, the member economies discussed and finalized the TOR of SENAP, its five-year (2019-2023) strategic plan, and also the Memorandum of Cooperation on the establishment of SENAP under APEC.

In addition, the APEC delegates agreed at the meeting to change its name from Seafarer Excellence Network of the Asia Pacific (SENAP) to APEC Seafarer Excellence Network (SEN).

The mission of APEC SEN is to share a comprehensive set of resources and the best practices for professional development opportunities in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. This is in cooperation with APEC economies, industry, academia, and related entities, since they recognize the need to provide a highly-educated, qualified, and efficient maritime workforce that will maintain the highest standard of professionalism, ethical conduct, and commitment to excellence.

As a high-quality one-stop online portal and offline network, APEC SEN meets the demands of the current and emerging needs of the shipping industry and seafarers of the APEC region. It will focus on the Maritime Education and Training (MET) to strengthen the employability through online and offline maritime education and training; Seafarers’ Better Welfare by providing the seafarers collaborative support; and Recruitment, Career Development, and Job Transition to re-train seafarers in the coming digital age.

The establishment of APEC SEN is under strong leadership and guidance, spearheaded by the Republic of Korea and supported by 11 participating APEC member economies: Australia, Brunei Darusalam, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, People’s Republic of China, Peru, Republic of Korea, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, USA, Viet Nam and the Philippines.

Furthermore, MARINA also encouraged the member economies to continue its efforts in upholding the welfare and the development of the seafarers and the maritime industry.

MARINA – STCW Office OIC Executive Director Rear Admiral Virme Torralba also expressed his aspirations in the industry, “We continue to beam with pride because of the passion and unity among APEC member economies to develop a maritime workforce known for their professionalism, moral standards, and excellence in service. Let us implement greater efforts to promote skilled maritime labor mobility within the APEC community and other nations in need of our seafarers.”

The 2nd APEC Strategy Meeting Planning of Seafarer Excellence Network of the Asia Pacific.

Dr. Seung Hee Choi from the Republic of Korea, as she delivers the progress report of SENAP projects.

Dr. Seung Hee Choi and Mr. Dong Jae Lee from the Republic of Korea as they began with the working group discussion about the future contribution of each economy for its sustainable operation.

Delegate from the member economy during the working group discussion 1.

The delegates from the APEC member economies during the working group and discussion about the strategic five-year plan in the maritime education and training.

 Delegates from the Philippines, Ms. Presca Lee Lugo and Ms. Grace Marie Ayaso during their discussion about the MET.

The delegates from the APEC member economies during the working group and discussion about the strategic five-year plan on recruitment, career development, and job transition.

The delegates from the APEC member economies during the working group and discussion about the strategic five-year plan on seafarers’ better welfare.

Delegates from the member economies during the working group discussion.

Delegates from the member economies during the working group discussion.

Delegates from the member economies during the working group discussion.

Ms. Presca Lee Lugo from the Philippines and Dr. Seung Hee Choi from the Republic of Korea, during the final review of the Terms of Reference (TOR), Strategic five-year plan, and the Memorandum of Cooperation for the establishment of seafarers’ organization under APEC to be submitted to TPTWG-MEG.

Ms. Presca Lee Lugo, delegate from the Philippines as she officially closed this year’s 2nd APEC Strategy Planning Meeting for the Seafarer Excellence Network of the Asia Pacific.

The delegates from the APEC member economies.

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