Maiden African maritime journalists conference to hold in Ghana

The inaugural edition of a continent-wide forum for maritime journalists, content owners and publishers based in Africa is billed to hold in Accra, Ghana from January 29 to 30, 2016.

Chairperson of the conference organising committee, Lanre Badmus said the conference tagged Africa Maritime Journalists Conference (AMJOC) with the theme, “Building Effective Communication Infrastructure for Africa’s Blue Economy,” aims to breed professional writers.

Badmus, in a statement sent to SHIPS & PORTS DAILY explained that AMJOC was conceived as an annual capacity building platform for maritime media executives in the continent to strengthen professionalism and promote best practices in the delivery of maritime news across Africa and to the world.

He said the conference also aimed to set agenda and encourage peer review by maritime institutions in Africa, support research and information exchanges among maritime media practitioners, advocate solidarity and goodwill between the media and all segments of the maritime industry.

“The Accra conference entails interactive technical sessions, display of maritime journals, books and media equipment, as well as a pre-conference educational visit to maritime establishments.

“Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs Joyce Bawah Mogtari as the special guest of honour is expected to deliver a keynote address on “Maritime media as vessel for Africa’s economic transformation,” Badmus said.

Other speakers at the conference, according to him include former secretary-general of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), Magnus Teye Addico, secretary-general of Pan African Ports Co-operation (PAPC), Micheal Luguje, former rector of the Regional Maritime University, Ghana, Capt. Arian Turkson, executive secretary/CEO of Nigerian Shippers Council, Hassan Bello and head of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Office for Anglophone West Africa, Capt. Dallas Laryea, among others.

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