As part of measures to encourage foreign investors to tap into opportunities that abound in the Nigerian maritime industry, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) says it will be showcasing the potential of the Nigerian maritime sector at the Norway Shipping Week scheduled to hold later in the year.
The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside, made this known when the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ronny Berg, and the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-Peter Kjemprud, paid a courtesy visit to the NIMASA headquarters in Lagos recently.
Peterside, who noted that Nigeria had a very rich maritime heritage, said that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, would be leading a delegation from Nigeria to grace the event and meet relevant maritime stakeholders in Norway.
He was quoted in a statement as saying, “The delegation, to be led by the Minister of Transportation will be holding series of meetings with maritime stakeholders during the Norway shipping week to discuss available opportunities in the Nigerian maritime industry.”
Berg was quoted as saying that Nigeria was Norway’s biggest trade partner on the continent of Africa, hence the need to strengthen the ties through cooperation and collaboration.
He said, “Norway has had trade ties with Nigeria since the 1890s when stock fish from Norway was shipped into Nigeria. Norwegians have interest in investing in Nigeria, especially the maritime sector, and we are willing to support NIMASA in delivering a safe maritime economy.”