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Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Kwame Owusu, (left) presenting a ''Unity Gift'' to the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside during a working visit to NIMASA by the Ghana Maritime Authority in Lagos, Nigeria.

Knowledge transfer: NIMASA set to aid Ghana’s maritime capacity development


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(TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) in order to improve the latter’s maritime development capacity through knowledge transfer, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.

The Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) and Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, made this known during a working visit by the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) to the Agency led by its Director-General, Mr. Kwame Owusu, recently in Lagos.

In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Head of Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Isichei Osamgbi, this development, was in continuation of AAMA’s resolve, Chaired by Peterside, to make Africa compete favourably with other maritime nations in the world.

(Knowledge transfer): It is an aspect of Knowledge Management which has to do with the practical problem of transferring knowledge from one part of the organization to another. It encompasses a very broad range of activities to support mutually beneficial collaborations between organizations or country. Knowledge transfer seeks to organize, create, capture or distribute knowledge and ensure its availability for future users.

Peterside, a Strategic Management Professional, said that NIMASA was strengthened by three important Acts of Parliament namely the Merchant Shipping Act, the NIMASA Act and the Cabotage Act to perform its operations.

He said NIMASA is currently repositioning and rebranding for greater efficiency geared towards realizing a virile maritime sector in line with the global best practices to enable it perform  its core mandates which cuts across shipping development, maritime safety and security, maritime labour services, among others efficiently and effectively.

“We have taken a number of initiatives to reform, restructure and reposition the organization; what we have now is not what we have always had, a lot has changed over time and you will get to learn from our own experience the life we lived and still living. Nobody realizes his vision overnight, our vision is work in progress with a focus on becoming the foremost maritime administration in Africa, advancing Nigeria’s maritime goal,” the DG said.

L-R: Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Kwame Owusu, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Head, Africa Section, Technical Cooperation Division, Mr. William Azuh at the Post-Transport Policy Workshop Dinner held in Lagos, Nigeria.

Speaking in the same vein, Owusu commended the doggedness of the Peterside-led Management of NIMASA in repositioning the Nigerian maritime sector and by extension the entire African continent.

“We are here to strengthen the bilateral relationships that exist between both countries and to learn international best practices from you,” he said.

The delegation from Ghana came to learn and share part of the experience of NIMASA so that they can replicate same in their country.

The areas being considered for the MoU are; regular knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer, capacity building initiatives and Cabotage implementation/enforcement processes

It should be noted that Peterside, since assumption of office as AAMA Chair at the 3rd Conference of the body that held in Abuja between April 19 – 21, 2017 had moved to put African maritime sector back in its rightful place of greatness, a developmental gesture, he is extending to Ghana being a member country of AAMA.

Part of strategic efforts made by Peterside as Chairman of AAMA in this regard was his demand for a Symbiotic Relationship that is ‘mutually beneficial’ in nature on Terms of Business Agreement with world maritime operators at the Nor-Shipping 2017 event, themed “Catalyst for Change” held from May 29 to June 2, 2017 at Lillstrome, Norway.

He said that Africa was ready to engage the rest of the world on equal terms with respect to maritime businesses, added that it was high time Africa stopped the world maritime operators from engaging her on their own business terms.

AAMA Chair said that whether vessels was brought into African shores or cargoes ferried from therein, what Africa wanted is a ‘Symbiotic Relationship’ i.e a mutually beneficial relationship.

He said, “What we are trying to do is to change the terms of engagement for the rest of the world in terms of maritime businesses. We want to operate on equal terms not lopsided terms against our own interest, thereby creating room for a mutually beneficial relationship.

“If you look at the number of seafarers we have globally, it appears things are lopsided against Africa and the challenge appears to be sea time training, so we are talking about sea time and building capacity.

“What is going on is that many other countries of the world just come to Africa to take our cargoes and off they go; please, how can we all operate on the same footage? Africa has something to give hence, they are coming to us, therefore they must engage us on equally beneficial terms.”

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