Legislation has been passed in parliament to enable the Caribbean Maritime Institute CMI to attain university status.
The Caribbean Maritime University Bill which will repeal the previous act that governs the institution was passed in parliament yesterday.
The bill will be sent to the senate for its approval.
The bill, piloted by Transport Minister, Mike Henry received unanimous support from both government members of parliament as well as opposition members.
Mr Henry says the passage of the bill is a significant achievement for the institution.
He adds that the university will be able to provide quality training to professionals across the region.
Transport Minister, Mike Henry
In supporting the bill, Phillip Paulwell who is Member of Parliament for the Kingston East and Port Royal constituency, where the institution is located, says the town of Port Royal has seen increased commercial activities driven by the student population of the CMI.
Member of Parliament for Kingston East and Port Royal Phillip Paulwell