The Senegal government promises to build a Maritime Academy in Dakar to fight against the scarcity of executives in the maritime field.
The International Association of Marine Pilots (Impa) is worried about the scarcity of managers in this area. By opening the 24th Impa Congress yesterday at King Fahd Place in Dakar, Senegal, the Minister of Fisheries and Maritime Economy announced the creation of a Maritime Academy. According to Oumar Gueye, this infrastructure will help train pilots, but also senior executives in the maritime field. "This is an important project whose funding is already complete and will see the light of day very soon," the minister said.
At a press conference on Sunday, the IMPA sounded the alarm on the scarcity of maritime pilots. As an illustration, the Autonomous Port of Dakar has only 14 pilots. A situation that results from the selective nature of the contest.
In response, beyond the Dakar Maritime Academy, the government is also planning the complete reconstruction of the National Maritime Training School, in partnership with Poland. "Marine pilots are a profession that is not very well known, but which is right in the heart of the logistics chain," said Aboubacar Sadikh Bèye, General Manager of the Port of Dakar.
In addition, Oumar Gueye recalled the construction of the Multifunctional Port of Yene Ndayane and the Mineral Port and bulk carrier of Bargny Sendou. "This new system will have to accompany and complete the development of the inland ports of Ziguinchor, Kaolack and the port of Saint-Louis. This will generate an increase in traffic through the upcoming export of large deposits of oil and gas discovered in Senegal, "insists the Minister of Fishing, calling on the Impa to "anticipate in terms of human resources facing growth challenges".
According to the Minister, this association should be the launching pad for a deep reflection and a constant questioning of capacity building in view of the reception of new ships. "I encourage the IMPA to take advantage of the diversity of approach conditions of the modern ports of the world, the logistics used and the validity of the ships as well as the case studies, to develop a network of experience and training. continues to improve the performance of the maritime pilots, "says Guèye.