The maitime and Offshore Award (The OMIS), which is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates excellence in the maritime industry in Nigeria, has announced the inclusion of a technical summit in its year 2023 edition.
The summit, which is also in celebration of the World Maritime Day (WMD) by International Maritime Organization (IMO) and scheduled to take place on September 23 at Lagos Oriental Hotel by 12noon prompt.
The event aims to bring together prominent maritime experts, industry leaders and regulators, and other stakeholders to collaboratively address pressing challenges confronting the nation’s maritime industry while formulating innovative solutions.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of The OMIS, Mr. Femi Da-silva, the theme of this inaugural summit which is powered by Prime Atlantic Safety Services and Hybrid Group is “Safety and Security in Maritime”.adding that the technical summit is a pivotal addition to this year OMIS Award.
Appreciating the industry stakeholders, Mr. Femi Da-silva said “While appreciating the laudable efforts of industry regulators, we believe that convening experts and stakeholders in the maritime industry will foster a collective approach towards tackling the challenges we face and drive the industry forward.”
He noted that the summit will be moderated by Dr. Alban Igwe, member, United Nations Advisory Committee on Trade and Transport.
Among the panelists expected at the event to share their expertise and insights are representatives of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Navy, Total Energies, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigeria Customs Service, and Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
Others are Dr Ken Ukaoha, President, National Association of Nigerian Traders; Prince Olayiwola Shittu, former President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA); Engr. Greg Ogbeifun, Chairman, Starzs Investments, among others.
As the maritime industry plays a crucial role in Nigeria’s economy, and faces several complex challenges, including maritime security, technological advancements, sustainability, and regulatory compliance, the organizers hope that the technical summit will facilitate productive discussions and innovative problem-solving strategies.
“We anticipate that the technical summit will not only shed light on the challenges but also pave the way for transformative solutions. The collective expertise of the participants will be instrumental in driving positive change,” Da-silva hinted.
The OMIS boss revealed further that the summit will also provide a networking opportunity for attendees to establish new partnerships and collaborations, fostering a stronger maritime community in Nigeria.
Interested participants can register for the event through The OMIS website.