The nation’s Port Economic Regulator, Nigerian Shippers’ Council in collaboration with Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) will hold the 9th edition of African Shippers’ Day in Lagos from Monday 16th January to Wednesday 18th January, 2023 at Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
According to a statement by the Head, Public Relations Unit of NSC, Rakiya Dhikru-Yagboyaju, the programme, with the theme ‘‘African Continental Free Trade Agreement: A Veritable Platform for African Shippers to Mainstream into Global Trade’’, will be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari while Mu’Azu Jaji Sambo, the Minister of Transportation is the Chief host.
The Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Mr. Wamkele Mene is expected to make a presentation on the topic ‘‘AfCFTA: Vehicle for Africa’s Economic Growth & Development’’.
Other speakers are the Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria (ICCN), Mrs. Olubunmi Osuntuyi who will speak on ‘‘The Role of INCOTERMS 2020 in the Implementation of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA)’’ and Mr. Nwachukwu Remigus, Manager, Trade Finance, African Export-Import Bank will make a presentation speak on ‘‘Payment Systems in International Trade’’.
The African Shippers’ Day is primarily aimed at creating a forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences amongst shippers’ organizations in the West and Central African Sub-regions, discussions on issues that will improve maritime trade, and disseminating information on the role of Shippers’ Councils and UASC.
The event will be attended by member countries of the Union of African Shippers’ Councils as well as other countries maintaining associate status with the Union, Shippers and maritime stakeholders.
It would be recalled that Ghana hosted the 8th edition of African Shippers’ Day in 2021