MD NPA advocates enhanced cargo clearance framework in Africa

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has advocated for an African framework targeted at enhancing the conveyance of cargos and the quality of logistics in a more predictable manner.

The Managing Director advocated that such a framework should be targeted at enhancing the clearance of cargoes through efficient logistics in a more profitable manner, and added that it had become imperative to eliminate encumbrances affecting trade liberalization and facilitation in the sub region.

Ms Bala Usman was speaking in a good will message at the African Women in Maritime (WIMAFRICA) second continental conference themed “ Trade facilitation in Africa : challenges and prospects.”

While commending the members of WIMAFRIAC for organizing the conference, she urged the women to proffer an integrative approach that would eliminate the increasing complexities and cost associated with transaction processes of trade in the continent.

She further encouraged members of WIMAFRICA to key into the concept of trade facilitation, which she noted as a major driver of economic development and growth of Nations, adding that it would enable Africa to effectively maximize the tremendous benefits of trade facilitation.

The Managing Director continued that “for us in the continent to get trade facilitation right, it is imperative that our regulatory environment must be tied with best practices and strengthened to ensure that operators in the trade corridors and border – post adhere to the various article of the World Trade Organization on Trade Facilitation Agreement.

“We in the continent more than ever before need to redefine our trade processes to ensure simplification of documentation, automation, efficiency, transparency and professionalism; this no doubt will engender ease of doing business.”

While asking WIMAFRICA to unravel critical issues militating against the continent from taking the advantages of the prospects of trade facilitation, Ms Bala Usman admonished them to come up with strategic plans that would upscale the desired growth and development of the economy of the continent.