Nigerian Shippers’ Council sets for sub-regional workshop on port concession
.Focuses on West, Central Africa
By Udeme Clement
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, and the Union of African Shippers’ Councils, UASC, in collaboration with United Nations Conference on Trade & Development, UNCTAD, would on Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 September 2018, hold a Sub-Regional Workshop and Joint Standing Committee Meeting of UASC, at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
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 as well as regional organisations, other stakeholders in the Trade/Transport facilitation process in West and Central African Sub-Region.
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, to proffer solutions to the challenges facing the sector. The workshop would also 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 carriage of goods, as well as linkages to other markets.
Similarly, 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.
It would be recalled 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.
The UASC became a member of the Global Shippers’ Forum, GSF, in September 2010 and maintains close relations with other international organisations, notably; World Trade Organisation, WTO, International Maritime Organisation, IMO, World Customs Organisation, WCO, United Nations Commission for International Trade Law, UNCITRAL, United Nations Conference on Trade and development. UNCTAD.
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council has over the years under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Transportation hosted the Sub-Regional Workshop, which has gone a long way in reduction of incidence of transport cost on the economies of West and Central African Countries.