The partnership is growing from strength to strength as the results are manifesting. Since we started the cooperation, groups of personnel numbering at least 20 have been sent twice annually on training at this centre. For the past three years, it would mean that more than forty staff would be sent on that training, mostly to do tailor made training in mechanic and cargo handling simulation in port operations.
This is conceived against the background that, as the saying goes in Human Resources Development, that “if you think training is expensive, try ignorance”. This goes to demonstrate that no amount about training is enough because people acquire new skills and competences. Of all the assets we have in the port, human resources are the most important. It could be noted that, as opposed to the physical infrastructure, people can actually contribute more meaningfully towards efficiency improvement with the acquisition of new skills and competence and which will result in improved performance and productivity. Personnel are becoming increasingly aware about safety concerns, environmental protection and productivity, all of which are cross cutting issues as far as port operations are concerned. The relationship with CFMPL is growing to the extent that staffs look forward to it as a source of motivation.