The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has expressed optimism that Nigeria’s dream to be a key factor as regards maritime destination for the West Africa and African region would be brightened through the hosting of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA)
According to The Director General of NIMASA Daduku Peterside, AMMA is currently the biggest maritime event in Africa, noting that coming together of all the major stakeholders in the industry in Abuja offers wide range market opportunities for the maritime industries in Nigeria.
He disclosed that the event would showcase Nigeria’s maritime potential to the maritime community in Africa, and would also serve as nucleus where operators in the industry across Africa would engage in interactions, business meetings, exchange of ideas and contacts
According to Peterside, “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.”
The NIMASA DG added that 32 countries from all parts of Africa and many maritime stakeholder organisations around the world are expected to participate at the continental conference.
“The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) delegation will be led by Mr. Kitack Lim the Secretary General of IMO which is a United Nations specialised agency that regulates shipping globally, “he stated.
The Director General said that the conference would go a long way to help Nigeria in attaining the dream of becoming hub port status within the sub-regions and this would have a lot of positive multiplier effects on the Nigerian economy generally because of extensive interactions that would happen among importers, exporters, shipping firms, freight forwarders and even chandelier’s, among several others
Other developments that the conference would trigger, according to Peterside are issues such as Ports development and its modernisation, maritime tourism, shipbuilding and repairs. He said that these issues would also be part of the focal point of the continental conference.