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Guinea Bissau seeks MOWCA’s support on foreign trade, export challenges

By Adaku Onyenucheya
16 November 2022   |   3:32 am
The government of Guinea Bissau has sought ties with the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) to address its challenges in exporting cash crops due to the country’s shallow seaports.

Paul Adalikwu

The government of Guinea Bissau has sought ties with the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) to address its challenges in exporting cash crops due to the country’s shallow seaports.

The Consular of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, Kamissoko Mori, who received the Secretary General of MOWCA, Dr. Paul Adalikwu, in his Abidjan office, also sought the organisation’s support in dredging the coastline and to provide containers to boost foreign trade in the country.

The Consular assured of intimating his country about the recent achievements of MOWCA in the last one year and promised appropriate action would be taken for the country’s full engagement with the organisation.

Mori lauded Adalikwu’s strategic plan, which he described as a product of rich managerial planning and capability deserving of support from all member states.

Adalikwu, who earlier presented his strategic plan and vision for repositioning the organisation, expressed concern in bringing on board all member states that were largely inactive over the past decade.

The MOWCA scribe described Guinea Bissau as an important member state that has a lot to benefit from the organisation.

While intimating the Consular about the recent meeting MOWCA held with top officials of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in London, Adalikwu said the organisation is committed to achieving pollution-free cost effective shipping with increased focus on the safety of seafarers, cargoes and vessels across West and Central Africa.

Adalikwu extolled the commodity export capacity of Guinea Bissau, especially in the area of cashew, groundnuts and other resources such as aluminum ore and aluminum oxide.

He described the country as one with great potential for intra African trade under the aegis of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.

MOWCA, according to Adalikwu, desires seeing all member states, including Guinea Bissau participating actively in her activities for the common good.

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