Barbados Minister of Tourism to Address Caribbean Youth on Importance of Maritime Sector

Boca Raton, FL: August 18, 2022: The ACMF Annual Maritime Link-Up webinar, now in its third year, will be held on Friday, September 9th, 2022 from 11a to 12:15pm AST. Themed, Caribbean Maritime Excellence: The Next Generation, the webinar Keynote Presenter is Senator the Hon. Lisa Cummins, Barbados Minister of Tourism and International Transport.

Targeting Caribbean youth primarily, the webinar is free and we also invite maritime professionals and educators. Marc Sampson, President of the Caribbean Shipping Association, will open the program. Emerson Alleyne, Consultant and former EVP, Shipping Association of Barbados, will lead discussion on job and scholarship opportunities.

“Maritime transportation is a key aspect of regional development, and my gratitude to colleague, Dr. Pauline Yearwood, Deputy Programme Manager, Transportation/Directorate of Economic Integration, Innovation and Development for her support and assistance on the collaboration with the ACMF and in putting the program together,” says Ambassador David Prendergast, Director, Sectoral Programmes/Directorate for Economic Integration, Innovation and Development (EIID).

“During this time when supply chain has become a household word due to the disruption caused by the COVIC-19 pandemic, it is opportune to engage Caribbean youth around the opportunities in the maritime sector. Thanks to our partners: the CARICOM Secretariat, University of Trinidad and Tobago, WiMac, and the Caribbean Shipping Association, says Dr. Geneive Brown Metzger, ACMF President.

Over the years, hundreds of participants from across the Caribbean have attended the webinars and we anticipate similar attendance at this event. A laptop will be awarded to a student participant.

Registration for the ACMF Maritime Link-Up Webinar is now open.  Just click on the link. 

About the ACMF

The ACMF is a U.S. non-profit tax-exempt organization, and is the only entity dedicated to sponsoring
academic scholarships and grants for aspiring Caribbean and CARICOM seafarers. We partner with four
academic institutions within the Caricom: MatPal Marine Institute, Caribbean Maritime University in
Jamaica, LJM Maritime Academy in The Bahamas, and The University of Trinidad and Tobago. To date,
we have funded ninety-four full tuition scholarships and grants for students from Guyana, Jamaica,
Bahamas, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Suriname, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and
Grenada. The foundation responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by donating dozens of
laptops and awarding emergency grants to help students study remotely and those at risk of dropping
out. This year, the ACMF launched a dedicated jobs board, ACMF-CAREX, to support aspiring maritime
professionals in the Caribbean find positions in the industry.