Dakuku Peterside, NIMASA

Kitack Lim, the secretary general of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), is expected to lead the international stakeholders from comity of maritime nations, who would converge in Abuja as Nigeria host the third conference of the Association of Heads of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), from 19th -21st of April,2017.
In statement signed by Isichei Osamgbi, head of Corporate Communications, Dakuku Peterside, director general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), said that the meeting which will be hosted by the agency in conjunction with IMO will bring together all the major maritime administrators in Africa to discuss various issues and ways of improving the African maritime sector.
“The hosting of this conference in Nigeria is in line with the economic diversification agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari that aims at repositioning the nation’s maritime industry to become a leader in Africa and the world at large,” said the NIMASA boss.
According to him, the confab will open a vista of opportunities for Nigerian youths, and also unlock the potentials inherent in the maritime sector. “The conference could also serve as a platform for Nigeria’s re-election into the IMO Council seat later in November this year.”
The benefits of hosting the conference, he said, cannot be over emphasised because it will avail stakeholders in the Nigerian maritime industry an opportunity to brainstorm with their counterparts across Africa and the globe.
“Thirty-two African countries are expected to participate at the continental conference including maritime organisations around the world. A 5-man delegation from IMO would be led by Kitack Lim, the IMO secretary general.
AAMA was formed following the signing of the African Transport and Maritime Charter in 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the aim of the association is to promote the development of Africa’s maritime regulatory and maritime environment.
AAMA, which brings together all players in the sector, is also an umbrella body of five African maritime stakeholders’ groups namely: Association of Maritime Administrations of Africa (AMAA); Africa’s Ship Registry Forum (ASRF); African Ship Owners Association (ASOA) and Africa Shippers’ Council and Seafarers’ Forum (ASCSF).
This would be the third AAMA Conference as the inaugural and the second conferences were held in Mombasa, Kenya in 2012 and South-Africa in 2013 respectively.

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