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Mr. Matthew Kensen (left), IMO Secretary General Mr. Kitack Lim (centre) and Ambassador Parenté (right).

Mr. Matthew Kensen, the first Vanuatu student at the World Maritime University (WMU) in the city of Malmö, Sweden visited the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) last week as part of a field seminar on the margin of the 43rd session of the Facilitation Committee meeting.

At the opening of the meeting attended by Member States, Associated Members and specialized agencies, Vanuatu Ambassador to the IMO, Parenté praised Mr. Kensen for his achievements as the first Vanuatu student to enroll at WMU with the prestigious Sasakawa Peace Foundation Scholarship funded through the Nippon Foundation.

“Although he attended other UN-related conferences such as the UNFCCC COP meetings both in Bangkok, Thailand and in Doha, Qatar before, Mr. Kensen was given a once in a life time opportunity to attend a United Nations meeting at the IMO Headquarter interacting with various international maritime stakeholders throughout the week which has surely strengthened his readiness to graduate this year and return home for the good of the country,” the Ambassador says.

As part of his academic requirements and program specialization at the WMU, Mr. Kensen is required to visit major ports, shipping agencies and maritime-related institutions within the United Kingdom such as DP World, Clarksons, Lloyds, UK Chamber of Shipping, International Chamber of Shipping, Maritime Strategies International (MSI), Institute of Chattered Shipbrokers (ICS), INMARSAT and of course the IMO.

The visit to these respective organizations and institutions is specifically tailored towards WMU’s Ports, Shipping and Logistics program which is much more demanding compared to other programs offered by the University due to its increasing demand in the global maritime and shipping industry.

“Ambassador Parenté has been instrumental from the day I decided to enroll at WMU and this week at IMO has proven his full dedication offering me the opportunity to meet and talk with the Secretary General of the IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim and take part in various events,” Mr. Kensen said.

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