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About the Programme

Many countries in the Middle East and North Africa have been unable to apply and optimize the laws and regulations of the International Maritime Organization, the International Labour Organization, or other relevant organizations.

For this reason, the Middle East and North Africa Maritime Development Program was launched with the aim of helping countries in the Arab region build their human capacity and unified and effective compliance with legislation and treaties related to the marine environment in a sound manner.

Where the project (MMDP) is in response to the interests of the European Union and the member states of the International Maritime Organization to develop cooperation in the field of maritime safety and security, and to prevent pollution from ships and marine environmental issues through the provision of technical advice and support to the Arab countries.

Who we are?

The Middle East and North Africa Maritime Development Program (MMDP) was established in 2017 and operates as a non-governmental and impartial organization. The idea of ​​MMDP emerged as a result of the need of the Arab region for an independent body concerned with marine development, research and studies, after realizing the importance of addressing the complex legal needs arising from deficiencies in the optimal implementation of international maritime legislations.

These needs related to each of the countries covered by the program, as well as the various stakeholders in maritime relations, whether at the state level, at the corporate level, or even individuals. Therefore, it is extremely important to address legal loopholes in order to prevent harm to the marine industry and to reach the optimal implementation of treaties and legislation that will develop the marine environment.

Through a team of researchers, lawyers, trainers, captains, engineers, contractors, and marine experts academically and practically deployed in the beneficiary countries, the mission of MMDP is to enhance expertise and knowledge of marine legislation to reduce negative consequences due to insufficient compliance with international laws and regulations.