Rather than be content as the world’s top provider of quality seafarers, newly-appointed Philippine Ambassador to Spain Carlos C. Salinas has called on all stakeholders of the maritime industry to work together so the country can be transformed into Asia’s next shipping and economic power.
“The seafaring sector is one of the important components of the maritime industry, the others being ships, ports, and services. These components function through an organic web of managerial, financial, and material linkages,” Salinas told delegates to the recently concluded 11th Lloyd’s Ships Mariners Convention in Manila.
“The evolution of seafaring as the first globally outsourced industry has led us to such an advanced stage of trans-national alliances between schools, crew managers, and principals. These mutually beneficial arrangements have without a doubt enabled stakeholders to strategically position themselves for long-term sustainability and growth,” he stressed.
Salinas also pointed out that if the entire industry can apply the same synergy with vigor in further developing the maritime industry, there is a very good chance that shipping will be powerful enough to power the Philippines economy.