Nigerian Shippers’ Council, African Shippers’ Councils hold workshop on Port Concession



Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) and the Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) will next week hold a two-day regional workshop on port concessioning in West and Central African region.

The workshop which will be in collaboration with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will include a joint standing committee meeting of the UASC.

Themed “Port Concession in West and Central Africa; Impact on Economies of member states of the sub-region”
the workshop will hold in Sheraton Hotels & Towers, Abuja between September 25   and 26.

During the conference, participants will be appraising the state of maritime transportation in West, Central Africa and other regions of the world.

They will be assessing assessing the implementation of World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreements (TFA) and issues on port operations, including maintenance of critical trade support infrastructure capable of promoting “efficiency, competitiveness and cost reduction in carriage of goods as well as linkages to other markets
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It is expected that the conference will equally assess the state of Maritime Transport in West and Central Africa: UNCTAD’s viewpoint; Sealink: A Panacea to boosting intra-African Trade; charges, surcharegs and related costs of carriage of goods; Evacuation of IMO Container weighing regime Verified Gross Mass (VAM) and impact on shipping services/businesses.

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 regine 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 reletions 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).
Over the years the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has hosted the sub-regional workshop, which has been helping in the management of transport cost on the economies of West and Central African Countries.