Namibian fisheries and marine instructors undergoing training in Indonesia

The Indonesian Agency for International Development has agreed to extend the development grant to the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI).

The Embassy of Indonesia in Windhoek said in a statement on Monday that the N.dollar 5.3 million will be used to enhance capacity building for instructors of NAMFI in the form of training of trainers in the International Maritime Organisation (ToT IMO) Model Programme.

The embassy noted that 19 instructors from NAMFI will undergo 16 days of training in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 04 November to 19 November 2023.

During the programme, the embassy said that trainees will be capacitated in various subjects, including the International Convention on Standards of Training; Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers; Training Aids and practical subjects on bridge simulators and main engine simulators.

The embassy held a pre-departure orientation on Friday to provide information that eases the trainee’s adaptation and get familiar with local culture and customs, the embassy said.

Ambassador Wisnu Edi Pratignyo congratulated the candidates and urged them to take advantage of the training and return to Namibia to build and develop NAMFI into an excellence marine training center.

Since 2011 until 2019, Namibia has participated in six capacity-building programmes conducted in Indonesia. The capacity building was the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding and Plan of Action on Marine Affairs and Fisheries Cooperation that Namibia and Indonesia signed in 2018, according to the embassy.

“Over more than three decades, Indonesia and Namibia have built a partnership and friendship founded on shared interests, mutual respect, and people-to-people ties. Development assistance extended by Indonesia to Namibia reflects Indonesia’s continuous support for Namibia’s national development.

“The ToT programme will enable Namibia to nurture the capabilities of human resources in the maritime and fisheries industries that ensure the growth of the industry and national economy,” the embassy said.

Source: Namibian Press Agency