.Peterside markets Nigerian maritime potentials at Nor-Shipping 2017
(TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Chairman of the Association of Heads of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has demanded for a Symbiotic Relationship that is ‘mutually beneficial’ in nature on Terms of Business Agreement with world maritime operators, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports.
Peterside, who is also the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said at the ongoing Nor-Shipping 2017 event, themed “Catalyst for Change” holding from May 29 to June 2, 2017 at Lillstrome, Norway, that Africa was ready to engage the rest of the world on equal terms with respect to maritime businesses.
(Nor-Shipping): is a bi-annual event cum exhibitions that brings together Stakeholders in the maritime sector from various continents aimed at improving the global maritime sector.
(Symbiotic Relationship): It is descriptively used in Management to describe a collaborative/ beneficial relationship between organisations, individuals or group. Symbiotic Relationship occurs when two organisms, organizations, individuals or groups of people work together by helping one another with the intent of getting help in return. In a symbiotic relationship, the two organizations, people or groups of people live/ work together to provide the greatest benefits to one another.
(Terms of Business Agreement): is a business negotiation and legally enforceable understanding between two or more legally competent parties to set out professional relationship; protection; services to be provided; and benefit accruable to parties involved.
In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from the Head, Corporate Communications, NIMASA, Isichei Osamgbi, the AAMA Chair said it was high time Africa stopped the world maritime operators from engaging her on their own business terms, added 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.
Peterside, an Astute Management professional, “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.”
He added that the African continent was working together to see how to benefit from one another’s experiences, which would help in the running of the affairs of their maritime administrations.
Other areas are, enhancing the continent’s fleets, human capacity development, peer review in terms of maritime administration, ports state control, coastal control and infrastructural growth, all geared towards a virile maritime administration in Africa.
Speaking on Nigeria’s participation at Nor-Shipping, he said the reason was to market Nigerian maritime potentials to the world, added that the nation has a lot offer.
“There are lots of opportunities in the maritime administration of Nigeria; we are diversifying our economy, we are the biggest economy in Africa with a vast population, vast coastline of over 800 kilometers, endowed with many natural resources and a good Gross Domestic Product (GDP) amongst others. So if you have to do business in Africa, you must talk about Nigeria”, NIMASA said.