By Judith Gicobi
As part of a 5-year agreement between Kenya and France, CMA CGM, a French shipping behemoth, is set to train more than 40 Kenyan maritime graduates.
The training and employment of Kenyan seafarers at the multinational company have been made possible by an MoU that was signed in 2021 between the Bandari Maritime Academy in Mombasa and CMA CGM.
The MoU sought to improve the youth’s skill set in the nation and give them opportunity to change their lives overseas.
“We are happy to offer Kenyan maritime cadets, practical training slots onboard our ships sailing in international waterways,” said CMA-CGM Managing Director in charge of East Africa, Jean-Baptiste Longin.
In addition, as part of the collaboration with the Mombasa-based academy, the 40 Kenyan youths will join the three other cadets who were successfully admitted by the organization in the CMA CGM Saint Exupery containership.
A well-known company in the sea, land, and air logistics industry, MA CGM provides substantial storage, handling, transportation, and unique reefer services.
The training will focus on enhancing the young of Kenya’s skills so they can compete on the global job market and keep up with emerging trends and technologies in their field.
The director stated during the MoU signing that the company aims to educate and certify at least 4,000 people to support Kenya’s blue economy.
The training program is open to both genders.
The company is dedicated to enhancing Kenya’s blue economy and exchanging thorough expertise in the maritime industry.
When supplying the foreign market with products like avocados, tea, coffee, and cut flowers, it closely collaborates with Kenyan exporters.
One of the government’s promises in the Vision 2030 program is progress in the blue economy. This will lower the unemployment rate and assist increase the country’s GDP.