Durban - South Africa's growing maritime industry will be on showcase to the rest of the world next year after Durban was officially named as the host for the International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day 2020 conference.
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula received the hosting flag from his counterparts on Tuesday in Cartagena in the Republic of Colombia who hosted this year's event.
Mbalula who attended the prestigious ceremony in the South America city received and welcomed the flag, handed over by the Vice President Marta Lucia Ramirez.
Mbalula addressing the delegates at the event he said: “South Africa is pleased to announce that the 2020 World Maritime Day Parallel Event will be hosted in the beautiful city of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. We will be grateful if you could spare your time and attend the event which will be hosted in the African soil. We assure you that you will have a great time to enjoy our landscape, the mountains and the rivers, clear skies and hospitality of our people".
World Maritime Day is an annual event attended by hundreds of officials from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member States, the United Nations (UN) Specialized Agencies, various intergovernmental organizations as well as non-governmental organizations.