High Five to WISTA In­dia

WISTA mem­bers came to­gether to cel­e­brate fifth an­niver­sary of WISTA In­dia. The event also re­flected the vis­i­bil­ity WISTA has gained in the mar­itime in­dus­try

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WISTA mem­bers came to­gether to cel­e­brate fifth an­niver­sary of WISTA In­dia. The event also re­flected the vis­i­bil­ity WISTA has gained in the mar­itime in­dus­try.

The ship­ping and lo­gis­tics sec­tor is among the few in­dus­tries where women have bro­ken the glass ceil­ing and are at the helm, steer­ing the in­dus­try to­wards growth and pros­per­ity. WISTA In­dia is a con­flu­ence of such dy­namic lead­er­ship sup­port­ing women in the mar­itime sec­tor. At the 5th an­niver­sary of WISTA In­dia, mem­ber­ship of the or­gan­i­sa­tion came to­gether to cel­e­brate the im­por­tant role women play in the mar­itime sec­tor to­day.

At the out­set San­jam Sahi Gupta, Pres­i­dent, WISTA In­dia, ded­i­cated the suc­cess of the or­gan­i­sa­tion to each and ev­ery mem­ber. “The suc­cess of WISTA In­dia is due to the mem­berseach one of them as it is them who makes WISTA In­dia,” re­marked San­jam in her wel­come ad­dress, as she re­quested the mem­ber­ship to rise amid a large round of ap­plause, ac­knowl­edg­ing the con­tri­bu­tion of women in the mar­itime in­dus­try. "It has been an hon­our to serve as Pres­i­dent and now look for­ward to hav­ing the young lead­ers and mem­bers take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity."

Anil Singh, For­mer SVP & MD, DP World Sub Con­ti­nent, among the guests of hon­our, ap­pealed to the in­dus­try to sup­port WISTA and em­pow­er­ment of women in the mar­itime in­dus­try which was a cause close to his heart. He pointed out that women have made progress in all fields and gave ref­er­ence of Nir­mala Sithara­man, the cur­rent De­fence Min­is­ter of In­dia who is the sec­ond woman since Indira Gandhi to hold this ma­jor post.

Capt. Anoop Sharma, CMD,

SCI, Guest of Hon­our at the event, con­grat­u­lated WISTA In­dia mem­bers for suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of 5 years and its achieve­ments. He pointed out that in Ship­ping Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia 20.8 per cent of the staff are women and SCI takes pride in this fact.

“We are here to­day not only to look back but also to look ahead,” re­marked

De­spina Panayiotou Theo­dosiou, Pres­i­dent of WISTA In­ter­na­tional. “Our sec­tor is faced with new re­al­i­ties due to the fast-tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments and WISTA should be a part of the dis­cus­sion. We are at a point where our in­dus­try is mod­ern­ized and we should en­com­pass this change and make it our own. WISTA needs to be there as a voice to be lis­tened to. Change can be good for di­ver­sity and the pur­pose of WISTA must be kept rel­e­vant,” men­tioned De­spina.

Dr Malini Shankar, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ship­ping, con­grat­u­lated WIS- TA In­dia mem­bers for this won­der­ful ac­com­plish­ment. Mar­itime in­dus­try is among the few in­dus­tries that ac­tively pro­motes di­ver­sity and more women are break­ing the glass ceil­ing to rise and take the lead in this dy­namic sec­tor.

A book­let on build­ing and main­tain­ing gen­der di­ver­sity on board mer­chant ships, jointly de­vel­oped by In­ter­na­tional Sea­far­ers’ Wel­fare and As­sis­tance Net­work (ISWAN), An­gloeast­ern Ship Man­age­ment Limited and WISTA In­ter­na­tional, was re­leased by Dr Malini Shankar.

A panel dis­cus­sion on “Dig­i­tal Dis­rup­tion in Ship­ping: What hap­pens next?” fo­cused on the grow­ing tech savy work­force that ex­pects seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity on­board. New dig­i­tal en­trants are trans­form­ing tra­di­tional re­la­tion­ships in the freight and lo­gis­tics busi­ness. Their of­fer­ings built on cloud and con­nected plat­form tech­nolo­gies give seam­less ex­pe­ri­ence to con­sumers, re­sult­ing in new busi­ness mod­els evolv­ing.

WISTA mem­bers come to­gether to cel­e­brate five years of WISTA In­dia

Dr Malini Shankar, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Ship­ping along with key dig­ni­taries re­leas­ing the book­let on Gen­der Di­ver­sity

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