expert, Mr Samuel Kame-Domguia, has called for adequate funding of ship
building industry to drive Africa’s maritime business.
Kame-Domguia, an official of
African Union(AU), made the call in an interview in Lagos on the sidelines of ongoing
African Maritime Conference organised by African Ship owners Association.
of AUs 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime (AIM) Strategy Task Force, urged
Africans to be dedicated and committed to the AU’s agenda to drive and grow
AIM-Strategy Task Force is a multi-disciplinary team of international maritime
experts at the
AU Commission who are responsible for the comprehensive vision of promoting
Africa’s maritime resources as well as the economy surrounding the continent’s
Africa would get good support through the African Development Bank but people
must be prepared to work to achieve the provisions of cabotage (coastal trade)
in the continent.
Development Bank is very committed on this agenda and there will a very strong
support for African private sector in this field.
having ships owned by Africans but these ships should be built by Africans, in
Africa; so, this requires some strong financial support.
technology? It takes determination, it takes commitment, It takes hard work.
the capacity to build our ships. We cannot fold our hands saying we do not have
takes brain and if brainpower is the first asset, I believe we have the
brainpower to drive that agenda in Africa.
agenda; there is a strategy we have to put in place; we have to develop; and we
have to implement the strategy,’’ the maritime expert said.
year road map toward implementing specific aspects of the 2050 AIM-Strategy.
building by Africans and developing capacity building.