There is a strong indication that the STARZS Group would lead several key industry operators, which includes the APM Terminal, the Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority (NEPZA), and the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), towards making the 2019 NIMPORT a highly memorable event.
The Nigerian International Maritime Port and Terminal Conference and Exhibition (NIMPORT 2019) Committee Chairman, Fortune Idu indicated this Monday, pointing out that with the observed, active supports of some stakeholders, even three weeks before the conference is declared opened, he was happy to count the chickens, before they are hatched.
The other key participants are, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria Maritime Administration and safety agency, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Nigeria Navy, Nigeria Customs, Industrial General Insurance, Nigerian Inland water ways, Intels, LADOL, Lagos State Government, Inland Container Terminal Ltd, HAVILAH Maritime Services, SIFAX, Institue of Oceanography and Marine Research, JOSEPDAM, ECNL, Nigeria Export Processing Authority, NIWA, LASAWA, Nigeria Railway Corporation, CARES, DSL, University of Lagos, First Bank of Nigeria, United Bank for Africa, and the Lagos State Government.
Speaking on the 12th NIMPORT, holding between 25-28 August 2019 at Oriental Hotel Victoria Island Lagos, the organizing Chieftain Idu stated that the major focus was to “bring together all maritime industry leaders to network and discuss on pressing issues relating to global maritime trade, port and logistics development and the industry role in Nigeria’s quest for economic diversification and improvement in the non-oil export”.
He also noted that the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, has already confirmed personally delivering his paper, ‘Advocating for A Favourable Terms Of Trade: FOB to CIF for Public Sector Cargo’; knowing full well, the great interest the paper is expected to attract from the investment community.
Idu said the Conference theme, which is: ‘Fostering Africa’s Global Trade Competitiveness’ was specially chosen, to ensure that the decision makers, policy executors and core stakeholders could jointly brainstorm and addresse the role of the maritime ports and logistics industry in fostering greater economics and trade integration of Africa States, in a bid to make the continent stronger and more competitive in global trade.
“The deliberations of the conference and final communique and report of the event will be submitted to the Minister of Transportation for policy planning”, Idu indicated further, adding that NIMPORT 2019 will feature varied social and commercial papers from key industry leaders covering technical industrial subjects that supports government directive of the ease of doing business; and the need to open up the maritime and logistics industry for greater inclusion, both to foreign investors and to local interest.
“The papers to be presented will cover; Improving Trade flow, Oil and Gas Logistics, Total logistics connectivity, Investment and Financing, Security in Maritime Corridors, Development of industrial terminals, logistics hubs and Free Trade Zones, Improving Export cargo traffic, Enabling Nigerian goods to find regional and international market, and Removing trade blockages”, he also explained.
The event which will be opened to the public, educational, associations and government organisations as well as to all Transportation, Free Trade Zones, Waterside industries, the Oil and Gas, etc will show case suppliers of products and services to various industries; particularly those of the Ports, Harbours, Terminals, Railways, Inland waterways, Coastline Development, Free Trade Zones, Ship and boat building, Maritime Financing, Shipping, Logistics and Inland Depots.