The Enterprise Envisions to Train World Class Qualified Maritime and Logistics Personnel
The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise, Babogaya Maritime and Logistics Academy’s, four story state of the art building has been inaugurated on December 24,2016 at the presence of higher state officials and invited guests at the academy new site at Babogaya.
Ato Mesfen Tefera acting CEO of the enterprise said that the new academy is deemed to train qualified personnel in maritime and logistics sector. The academy has been initiated in 2009 and it was instituted to train seafarers and those who took training from private sector to work on board a ship as fire fighters, safety and security personnel. Ato Mesfen said the new expansion project of the academy is a new development that plans new trainees according to IMO’s maritime convention and regulations; particularly to fulfill the STCW 1978 convention and 2010 Manila Amendment which is mandatory for all seafarers to work on board a sheep only if they are equipped in safety, and security updated trainings.
In the last 8 years, the academy as a maritime training institute has trained 2977 seafarers and private trainees in short and medium term safety trainings. The new academy building has coasted around 44 million Ethiopian birr and all this cost is covered by the enterprise.
The new academy is planning to provide trainings in five new fields as technical and vocational carriers which are graded from 1-5 steps. Hence, the construction of the new building will enable the institute to upgrade the number of trainees from 48 to 168.
Mr Ahmed Shide, the transport minister and the board chairperson of the Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise, present as distinguished guest at the inauguration ceremony, said that the federal Democratic Government of Ethiopia gives due emphasis for qualified personnel in transport sector and this academy will play its role filling the gap of trained personnel in the sector.
D/r Girma Amente, the Minister of the state public Enterprise, on his part said that to bring the country to the level of middle income countries, it is crucial to create a modern sea transport service that enhance the import and export trading development of the country .
He underscored one of the main factors that enhance this development is the availability of human resource development. He envisioned the role that the new academy plays has paramount importance and his ministry works to avail modern technical training facilities to the academy. He underscored that training institutions in public enterprise should provide multi perspectival assistants to other state or public institutions.
At the end of the inauguration ceremony, an award of acknowledgment is given to the Bishoftu Town Administration in which the academy is found and that cooperated in many respects in the construction of the academy’s new building. The administrator on his part thanked for the award he received and vowed to continue providing further assistance it is required in the future.