MAJ hosts workshop to bring together maritime communities and donor agencies
The first Regional Caribbean Knowledge Partnership, organised by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in collaboration with the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) was held in Kingston, January 20-24, 2020.
The workshop brought together maritime administrations and development corporations in a bid to share IMO’s resource-mobilisation strategy and to seek possible cooperation opportunities -synchronising technical maritime experience with the necessary funding.
The event provided an opportunity for maritime administrations across the Caribbean to better understand the official development assistance (ODA) process from the standpoint of both the recipient country and the donors themselves.
It was evident that countries represented at the workshop have a process they follow when accessing funds from official ODAs, which the maritime entities were not necessarily aware of. Coming out of the workshop, maritime communities now know how to make proposals for development assistance for a project by approaching the various donor agencies in each country.
Need for specifics
Additionally, donor agencies outlined that they look for specifics when approached to fund projects. They have a process to be followed, they have priorities and they require set information, including the need for recipient countries to link with their national donor agencies and to channel projects through these agencies.
The workshop facilitated a dialogue between donor agencies and recipient countries, which will certainly enhance the process going forward in terms of accessing information.
Participants at the workshop were from a number of international and regional development agencies, and maritime authorities of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Maarten, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Here are highlights from the workshop.