The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) and the Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is holding a Sub-Regional Workshop and Joint Standing Committee Meeting of UASC.
The meeting, scheduled for Abuja on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, has the theme: “Port Concession in West and Central Africa: Impact on Economies of Member States of the Sub-Region.”
According to a statement from the NSC, the conference 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.
It said the workshop was 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 (TFA) and issues relating to port operations; advocate for the development and maintenance of critical trade support facilities/infrastructure that would promote efficiency, competitiveness and cost reduction in the carriage of goods, as well as linkage to other markets.
Similarly, the workshop would look at the state of maritime transport in West and Central Africa under the title: “UNCTAD’s Viewpoint; Sealink: A Panacea for Boosting Intra-African Trade; Charges, Surcharges and Related Costs of Carriage of Goods; Evaluation of IMO Container Weighing Regine Verified Gross Mass (VAM) and Impact on Shipping Services/Business.”