Date: 25/9/2020 – 26/1/2018 Abuja

Nigerian Shippers' Council (NSC) and the Union of African Shippers' Council (UASC) in collaboration with  United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) would hold a two - day Sub - Regional workshop and joint standing committee meeting of UASC on tuesday  and Wednessday  next week in Abuja.

The workshop takes place at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja, with the theme "Port Concession in West and Central Africa ; Impact on Economics of memeber States of the Sub-Region" is geared towards proffering solutions to challenges facing maritime transportation in the sub - region.

Some objectives of the conference include; appraing the State of maritime transportation in West and Central Africa vis-a-vis other regions of the world, asscessing the implementation of World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Fecilitation Agreements (TFA) and issues relating to port operations, advocating for the development and maintenanceof critical trade support infrastructure that could promote effciency, competitiveness and cost reduction in carriage of goods as well as linkage to other markets.

The workshop would also scrutinize the state of Maritime Transport in West and Central Africa: UNCTAD's viewpoint, Sealink: A Panacea to boosting intra African Trade; charges, surcharges and related costs of carriage of goods; Evacuation of IMO Container weighing regime Verified Gross Mass (VAM) and impact on shipping services/businesses.

Recall that UASC as a specialized  organ of the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) comprises ninetee Shippers' Councils and similar organizations of West and Central African countries.

In the last three years, under the aupices of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, Nigerian Shippers' Council has hosted the Sub-Regional workshop that has gone a long way in the reduction of the incidence of transport cost on the economics of West and Central African nations.