By Samson Echenim
Maritime and oil sectors stakeholders are billed to converge in Calabar for the 6th annual African Shipping & Oil Roundtable to discuss strategies for the removal of trade barriers through intercontinental synergy that will strengthen investment climate to enhance rapid economic growth within the Africa sub-region.
The roundtable will also focus on strategies to address infrastructural deficit in the maritime and petroleum sub-sectors that will enhance economy recovery, as well as cost effective intermodal transport system that will enhance seamless movement of goods and services within the sub-region.
Themed “Harnessing Africa’s Maritime Logistics for the Emerging Oil and Gas Market for Sustainable Economic Growth,” the event facilitated by Africa Business and Logistics Support Services (ABALSS) unlimited, a platform promoting regional integration and economic sustainability through maritime and energy sectors in Africa, will feature an award dinner and will be declared open by His Excellency, Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State with Honourable Minister of Transportation, Nigeria, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and Honourable Deputy Minister of Transport – Ghana, Hon. Joyce Bawa Mogtari as Special Guests of Honour.
Slated for 20th – 22nd September 2016, at the Calabar International Convention Centre, the roundtable will be chaired by Chief Greg Ogbeifun, President, Ship Owners Association of Nigeria and Chairman of Starz Investments Nigeria Limited.
“Panels of discussion will also address enabling environment for bilateral ties that will stimulate international trade within the Africa trade corridors and cost effective options to finance trade, maritime, logistics, oil and gas businesses;
optimising maritime and energy sectors as vehicle to create job opportunities, eradicate poverty and grow the economy,” said Christy Abiodun Osemobor, ABALSS’ communication strategist.
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