The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), the Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will on Tuesday and Wednesday hold a sub-regional workshop on port concession.
The gathering will also witness the Joint Standing Committee Meeting of Union of UASC.
Themed “Port Concession in West and Central Africa: Impact on Economies of Member States of the sub-region,” and slated to hold in Abuja, the workshop is targeted at the governments of member states, international and regional organisations and other stakeholders in the trade and transport facilitation process in the West and Central African sub-region.
“Among other objectives, the workshop is expected to appraise the state of maritime transportation in West and Central Africa viz-a-viz other regions of the world and proffer solutions to challenges facing the sector; assess the implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and issues relating to port operations; advocate for the development and maintenance of criticial trade support facilities/infrastructure that would promote efficiency, competitiveness and cost reduction in the carriage of goods as well as linkages to other markets,” the NSC said in a statement.
The UASC, which is a specialised organ of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central African (MOWCA), comprises of 19 Shippers’ Councils and similar organisations of West and Central African countries.