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Close to a hundred young people with aspiring careers in the Shipping and Maritime industry last Saturday, March 31, 2018 gathered at Workshed on the Spintex road in Accra for the first ever Young Maritime Entrepreneurs Conference. It was organized by Masser Afrique – a leading organization that is into providing comprehensive and reliable range of support services to the maritime industry.
The conference was aimed at bringing together under one roof experts in maritime education and training as well as entrepreneurs in other fields to share with participants what it takes to be an entrepreneur and also to share secretes and tit bits on how to succeed in the maritime industry.
The participants – mostly students from the Regional Maritime University (RMU), start-ups, entrepreneurs and maritime professionals were taken through topics including Raising Capital for your business, Branding and Marketing, Cross Border Trade, Import and Export Procedures and Associated challenges, among others.
The Executive Director of Masser Afrique, Jeffrey Botchway said his outfit decided on the programme following the realization that there are not enough guidance and counselling to young people who aspire to work or provide support services to the maritime industry in Ghana. He told ghananewsonline.com.gh in an interview that they are driven by passion to ensure that they demystify maritime practice so that young people can find the industry more attractive to associate with.
“Often times we finish school and you realize that we are stuck because we don’t know what next to do. Meanwhile there are opportunities in the industry but because we were not exposed to them as part of our curricular we tend to find ourselves wanting. That is why at Masser Afrique, we have decided to provide guidance and create economic value by training and educating individuals, organizations and government agencies with a wide range of support services on land or at sea,” he stated.
A manager at Workshed – a co-working space center, Scott Kojo Agyapong, was among the resource persons who discussed with the participants the need to have a strategy for every business no matter how small.
“You need a strategy to understand the business you want to do. You must even strategize on the kind of people you want to employ. It is good to think about your asserts but the strategy is key,” he stated.
He urged the participants to take the risk and seek education around the various business ideas they have.
“Have a business module instead of a business plan. Leave space to amend your ideas as you progress, there is nothing wrong with that. There is no need worrying about what you want to be in the next five years,” he stated.
Treating the topic “The promising opportunities for start-ups with a focus on the Tema Port Expansion project” Carl Dzata, who handles logistics for the project said when completed the expanded Tema Port will open up opportunities for a lot of start-ups to do business with the port.
He said the project comes with “Additional berths, railway terminal, an expanded Tema Motorway, additional Container Terminals, Food and Fruits terminals, oil and gas terminal, Oil Rig services, among others”.
He therefore urged the participants at the conference to position themselves well with the relevant skills and documentations so they can take advantage of the opportunities that would come.
Masser Afrique, is a Ghanaian based company formed by an alliance of knowledgeable maritime professionals with diverse skills committed to supporting the maritime industry by providing valuable and cost effective training and maritime related service.
They are also focused on awareness and the promotion of opportunities within the industry.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananewsonline.coom.gh