Organisers say African Maritime Conference to address prospects, challenges of Cabotage

The African Shipowners Association (ASA) on Wednesday in Lagos said that the prospects and challenges of Cabotage would be discussed at its forthcoming African Maritime Conference.
A statement by the association’s Secretary, Ms Funmi Folorunso, said the conference would hold from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30, at Victoria Crown Plaza, Victoria Island, Lagos.

She said the conference, tagged ``African Cargo for African Ships’’, would address issues of national, regional and continental Cabotage as contained in Article 11 of the African Maritime Transport Charter of African Union (AU).

The statement said the event would identify the prospects and challenges of Cabotage and serve as a ``guide for the Road Map for the Implementation of the 2050 AIM-Strategy (2016-2018)’’ of the AU.

It said the meeting would leverage on Nigeria’s experience with Cabotage in the last 10years.
The statement said that recommendations from the conference would form ``the call for action of the AU’s Heads of State Meeting in Lome, Togo’’ later in 2015.

It added that the Chairperson of African Union Commission, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was expected at the three-day conference.

Others include Heads of Governments of AU member states; the President, African Shipowners Association (ASA) Mr Temisan Omatseye and the President, African Federation of Freight Forwarders (AFFF) Chief Lexzy Nwangwu.

Also expected are the President, African Development Bank (ADB) Dr Akinwunmi Adesina; heads of various government institutions, Shipowners from across Africa, maritime experts, maritime lawyers and stakeholders.

The statement, however advised that interested participants to register before the event.