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Grapevine - CMI signs pact with French institute

The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Port Institute for Education and Research (IPER), an integral part of Ecole de Management de Normandie in Le Havre, France.

The alliance with the French institute is part of the CMI’s quest to remain relevant in meeting the needs and expectations of the maritime and land-based shipping industry of the Caribbean and the world. The MoU seeks to build cooperation in the following areas:

• Organisation and development of executive training programmes

• Joint research and development projects

• Joint consultancy projects

• Faculty and student exchanges.

The agreement was signed on March 8 by Dr Fritz Pinnock, executive director of the CMI; Hendrik Lohse, executive director of IPER; and Jean-Guy Bernard, director general of Ecole de Management de Normandie. 

In addition, the institutions plan to access financial support for joint projects from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the European Commission and other third-party funding bodies. 

Dr Pinnock had previously taken part in a series of meetings sponsored by SEFACIL Foundation in France, during Applied Research Week. The principal aim of these meetings was to strengthen ties in the areas of applied research and port/maritime studies.