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Shippers Council, UNCTAD To Appraise Maritime Development In Nigeria, Others

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The Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has said it is set to appraise the state of maritime transportation in West and Central Africa.

This was disclosed in a press statement made available to LEADERSHIP by the director, special duties, Ignatius Nweke, yesterday.

The workshop with the theme: “Port Concession in West and Central Africa; Impact on Economies of member states of the sub-region”, is targeted at the governments of member states, International and regional organisations and other stakeholders in the Trade and Transport facilitation process in the West and Central African Sub-Region.

Nweke said the conference to be held in Abuja, next week is expected to appraise the state of maritime transportation in West and Central African viz-a-viz other regions of the world and proffer solutons to challenges facing the sector; assess the implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) and issues relating to Port Operations; advocate for the development and maintenance of critical trade support facilities/infrastructure that would promote efficiency, competitiveness and cost reduction in the carriage of goods as well as linkages to other markets.

According to him, among other objectives, the workshop is expected to appraise the state of maritime transportation in West and Central African viz-a-viz other regions of the world and proffer solutons to challenges facing the sector; assess the implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation

Similarly, he said the workshop would look at the state of Maritime Transport in West and Central Africa: UNCTAD’s viewpoint; Sealink: A Panacea for boosting Intra-African Trade; charges, Surcharges and related costs of carriage of goods; Evaluation of IMO Container weighing regime Verified Gross Mass (VAM) and impact on shipping services/business.

LEADERSHIP recalls that the Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) as a specialised organ of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central African (MOWCA) comprises of nineteen Shippers’ Councils and similar organisations of West and Central African Countries. The union with its headquarters in Douala Cameroun comprises three main organs; The General Assembly, Steering Committee and General Secretariat.

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