The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman has tasked Nigerians, particularly the women operating within the relevant industry to come up with an integrated African framework that would remove the bottleneck in cargo clearing, within the African continent.
Hadiza staked the task while delivering a good will message at the 2nd continental conference of the African Women in Maritime (WIMAFRICA) with the theme: “Trade facilitation in Africa : challenges and prospects”.
Stressing the need for adopting a continental approach towards enhancing the conveyance of cargos and the quality of logistics in a more predictable manner, the NPA Boss advised too that such a Framework should put in place, a more efficient logistics in a mutually profitable manner, by totally eliminating encumbrances affecting trade liberalization and facilitation in the sub region.
“For us in the continent to get trade facilitation right, it is imperative that our regulatory environment must be tied with best practices and strengthened to ensure that operators in the trade corridors and border – post adhere to the various article of the World Trade Organization on Trade Facilitation Agreement.
“We in the continent more than ever before need to redefine our trade processes to ensure simplification of documentation, automation, efficiency, transparency and professionalism; this no doubt will engender ease of doing business”, Hadiza stated further, commending the members of WIMAFRIAC, for organizing the conference and urging them to brainstorm and eliminate the increasing complexity and soaring cost associated with transaction processes of trade in the continent.
She further enjoined members of WIMAFRICA to key into the concept of trade facilitation, which she noted is a major driver of economic development and growth of Nations, adding that this will enable Africa to effectively maximize the tremendous benefits of trade facilitation.
She also charged WIMAFRICA to unravel the critical issues preventing the continent from enjoying the advantages of the prospects of trade facilitation, stressing that if they meticulously brainstorm enough, they could come up with strategic plans that will upscale the desired growth and development of the economy of the continent.