|TRADE NEWSWIRE|: As part of efforts to engender Ease of Doing Business in the Nigerian maritime sector, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and maritime stakeholders as met on how to make implementation of Executive Order I a success for the benefit of the Nigerian economy, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
Amaechi, Chief Executive Officers and Chairmen of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA); Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA); Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC); legislator(s) among other maritime stakeholders met at a Stakeholders’ interactive forum held in Warri, Delta State.
The Stakeholders’ interactive forum was tagged “Implementation of Executive Order I (Ease of Doing Business) in a secure maritime environment”.
(Executive Order): is a rule or order issued by the president to an executive branch of the government and having the force of law.
(Ease of Doing Business): Is ranking of economies on their ease of doing business, from 1–190. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.
The Federal Government had on Thursday, May 18, 2017 signed Executive order directing all relevant ministries, departments and agencies operating at the nation’s seaports to harmonise their operations into a single interface station
The Executive Order stated among other things that: “All agencies currently physically present in Nigerian seaports shall within 60 days harmonise their operations into one single interface station domiciled in one location in the port and implemented by a single joint task force at all times, without prejudice to necessary backend procedures.
“The new single interface station at each port shall capture, track and record information on all goods arriving and departing from Nigeria, and remit captured information to the head of the MDA and the head of the National Bureau of Statistics on a weekly basis.
“Each port in Nigeria shall assign an existing export terminal to be dedicated to the exportation of agriculture produce within 30 days of the issuance of this order.
“The Apapa Port shall resume 24-hour operations within 30 days of the issuance of this order.”
It should be noted that maritime agencies like NIMASA and NPA have started implementing the Executive Order.
Recall that NIMASA had since resumed a 24-hour turnaround time for analysing cargo manifests and issuing Debit Notes to Shipping Agents, likewise NPA had since commenced 24 hour port operations.