NIMASA DG arrives Egypt for AAMA conference
.Says Continental collaboration key to maritime development
By Francis Chidiebere & Udeme Clement
The Chairman, Association of African Maritime Administrations, AAMA, Dr Dakuku Peterside has restated the place of continental collaboration to grow the African maritime industry. This was the thrust of his message, as he arrived Egypt for the 4th conference of Association of African Maritime Administration, (AAMA) where participants from 38 countries from Africa would be joined by maritime stakeholders from Singapore, Jamaica, Malaysia and the United Kingdom to deliberate on how to grow the maritime industry on the continent.
Dr Dakuku noted that the role of African Maritime Administration in building human and infrastructural capacities, Combating the Menace of Piracy and Maritime Crimes in Africa, Regional Initiatives for sustainable exploitation of maritime resources, would be part of the issues that would be deliberated during the five day event, which has the theme“Protecting The African Marine Environment To Support Sustainable Development”.
According to the AAMA Chairman “ Africa is the market yet to be unveiled, the maritime sector of Africa deserves its rightful place because if you look at the cargo generated from the continent and the cargo that heads to Africa you would know that the African maritime sector has come off age and there is the need for us to come as a bloc to negotiate issues of development of our sector when it comes to international maritime politics”
Following the commencement of the AAMA conference, The International Maritime Organisation, IMO and the African Union have affirmed their readiness to support AAMA in their quest to combat security challenges and build human capacity to implement, monitor and enforce international instruments.