Nigerian Shippers Council to host sub-regional summit in Abuja




Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) has made known plans to host a three-day sub-regional summit from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th August, 2019 at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
Key on its agenda for the summit would be to address issues of high shipping surcharges and charges being imposed on shippers by liner conferences from different continents.

In a statement, the NSC said the programme would be under the auspices of the Union of African Shippers’ Council (UASC).

The programme include Sub-Regional Workshop on Status of Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) in UASC Member States and a Joint Standing Committee Meeting of UASC.

According to the Council, the events are a collaborative effort involving the Union of African Shippers’ Council (UASC) United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF).

The forums are aimed at achieving the following objectives:
•To provide an avenue for the UASC Member Countries to strategise and articulate common positions on how to checkmate the multinational shipping service providers/carriers with a view to adopting a collective position for presentation at the Annual General Meeting of the Global Shippers’ Forum scheduled for September in London.

•To create more awareness and provide insights to the relevance of the FAL Convention to member Countries for domestication and effective implementation
Participants expected include UASC Member States, relevant Government Agencies, Ministries, Multi-lateral and Sub-regional organisations in the trade and transport sectors, Public and Private Sector Stakeholders in infrastructure development, ancillary services as well as donor agencies.