.Secretary-General of IMO, Mr. Kitack Lim‘ll lead delegation of UN body to event
.32 African countries to participate in AAMA
.AAMA commences on 19th -21st of April,2017
(TRADE NEWSWIRE): An astute Management Professional and the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, is ready to showcase Nigerian maritime potential to world at the forthcoming Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) and consequently put in place strategic measures to convert it into real opportunity to facilitate economic development in Nigeria, TRADE NEWSIRE reports.
Peterside, who spoke on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the hosting of AAMA, which is currently the biggest maritime event on the continent that will assemble the entire major operators in Abuja during the event, would boost Nigeria’s quest of becoming the hub of maritime business for the West and Central African region.
In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Head of Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Isichei Osamgbi, the NIMASA DG said apart from showcasing Nigeria’s Maritime potentials to the Maritime Community in Africa, it would also bring about interactions, business meetings, exchange of ideas and contacts among the maritime stakeholders across Africa including those from Nigeria.
It should be noted that Peterside, had since begun moves in selling Nigeria to the world on assumption office as the DG of the regulatory Agency-NIMASA with various maritime strategic executive engagements in Nigeria and overseas, a development, that is today beneficial to Nigerian maritime sector, according to industry watchers.
He said, “In addition to the maritime administrations that would be attending the event other critical stakeholders such as shipping companies, terminal operators, shipping agents, freight forwarders and other sundry maritime and shipping services providers would also be in attendance and this will bring about exchange of ideas and contacts with the Nigerian stakeholders” Peterside said.
The NIMASA DG also said that 32 countries from all parts of Africa are expected to participate at the continental conference and a number of maritime stakeholder organizations around the world. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) delegation will be led by Mr. Kitack Lim the Secretary General of IMO which is a United Nations specialized agency that regulates shipping globally.
Dr. Peterside also said that the convening of these Maritime Administrators in Nigeria would afford the country the opportunity of improving its economy via the maritime sector as issues such as Ports development and its modernization, maritime tourism, shipbuilding and repairs will be at the front burner of the discussions.
He equally added that interactions among importers, exporters, shipping firms, freight forwarders and even chandelier’s, among several others will ultimately lead to increase in maritime activities in Nigeria thereby helping the country attain the desired hub port status within the sub-regions and ultimately advance the Nigerian economy.
It would be recalled that the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) was formed following the signing of the African Transport and Maritime Charter in 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to bring together all players in the African maritime sector. The Association is an umbrella body of five African Maritime Stakeholders’ groups namely: Association of Maritime Administrations of Africa, Africa’s Ship Registry Forum, African Ship Owners Association as well as Africa Shippers’ Council and Seafarers’ Forum with the aim of promoting the development of Africa’s maritime regulatory and maritime environment.
This would be the third conference of the Association. The event which is themed “Sustainable use of Africa’s Oceans and Seas” will hold from 19th t0 21st of April 2017 and also feature the unveiling of the new NIMASA brand by President Muhammadu Buhari.
You can visit the AAMA website link on www.nimasa.gov.ng for more details on the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) and the 3rd Conference in Abuja, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, from 19th -21st of April,2017.