TEGUCIGALPA – The government of Honduras and the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, or FCCA, have signed a deal aimed at creating “thousands” of jobs in the Central American country.
A memorandum of understanding was signed by the Honduran minister coordinator of the presidency, Jorge Ramon Hernandez Alcerro, and the president of the FCCA, Michele Paige, at the Presidential House in Tegucigalpa.
“We’re very excited by the idea that thousands of our compatriots will be able to start work with this association, which requires thousands of people every year to work on its cruise ships,” the official said.
He said that only with strategic alliances and well-defined, long-term policies can steady jobs be created in this country.
The Honduran government recently founded the National Mariners Program, whose purpose is precisely to place qualified Honduran mariners on cruise ships working at steady jobs.
The agreement will allow an increase in the number of jobs for mariners and for nautical, technical and service executives, preferably with a command of English, and calls for the approval of the training courses and certifications required for each type of employment, according to a statement by the Presidential House.
“The government is firmly committed to supporting every effort necessary to train the teams that will eventually work on these cruise ships that sail the Caribbean,” the Honduran official said.
He said that signing the agreement ratifies the commitment of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to the tourism sector, which will generate some 50 percent of the jobs that the National 20/20 Program for Honduran Economic Development will create over the next five years.
Meanwhile, the FCCA president announced that as part of the accord, the annual conference of that association, in which representatives of 19 cruise lines will take part, will be held in the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula in May 2017.