Shippers’ Council Set To Hold Sub-Regional Workshop On Port Concession. 

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All is set for the Nigerian Shippers’ Council and Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) in collaboration with United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) to hold a 2day Sub-Regional Workshop and Joint Standing Committee Meeting of UASC.
 
The workshop which is set to hold on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th of this month at 
Sheraton Hotel, Abuja with the Port  Concession in West and Central Africa; Impact on Economies of member states of the sub-region”, 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.
 
The workshop is expected to appraise the state of maritime transportation in West and Central African 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 linkages to other markets.
It would look at the state of Maritime Transport in West and Central Africa:  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.
 
Recalled that the Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) as a specialised organ of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central African (MOWCA) comprises of nineteen Shippers’ Councils and similar organisations of West and Central African Countries.  The Union with its Headquarters in Douala Cameroun comprises three main organs; The General Assembly, Steering Committee and General Secretariat.
The UASC became a member of the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) in September 2010 and maintains close reletions with other international organisations, notably; World Trade Organisation (WTO), International Maritime Organisation (IMO), World Customs Organisation (WCO), United Nations Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), United Nations Conference on Trade and development (UNCTAD).
Over the years, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Transportation,
 Nigerian Shippers’ Council hosted the Sub-Regional Workshop that has gone a long way in the reduction of the incidence of transport cost on the economies of West and Central African Countries.

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