Sunday, 3rd July 2022
<To guardian.ng
Search
Breaking News:

Gambia seeks MOWAC’s technical cooperation to boost maritime

By Adaku Onyenucheya
10 March 2022   |   2:43 am
The Gambian government has reiterated its support for the Secretary-General of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), Dr. Paul Adalikwu, and
The Gambia

The Gambia | Azamara

The Gambian government has reiterated its support for the Secretary-General of the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), Dr. Paul Adalikwu, and its commitment to the success of his administration.

The authority has also requested technical cooperation and capacity building to enable it to harness the derivable benefits from its maritime sector.

The Gambian Minister of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, Bai Lamin Jobe, stated this in Banjul when he received the MOWCA scribe, who was on a working visit as part of efforts to rebuild confidence, reposition the organisation for efficiency and make it more beneficial to member states.

Jobe expressed profound support for the new leadership of MOWCA and pledged to contribute to the success of the new SG including the financial commitment of Gambia.

The minister assured that The Gambia will sign up the charter for the Regional Maritime Development Bank and anticipates robust participation of the West African country in the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA agreement through its maritime and other sectors

The Gambia had undertaken study visits to the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) in Nigeria and Port of Mombasa, Kenya, to learn more about the Merchant Shipping Acts in the sector.

Aside from meeting with the Minister, the MOWCA SG met with Deputy Director-General of Gambia Maritime Authority (GMA), Ousman Torey, who listed high freight rates due to bureaucratic challenges and inadequate staff training as part of its challenges.

He also stated that lack of placement onboard vessels for seafarers and cadets, improved training for GMA staff and short courses for women and youths are areas they look up to MOWCA for technical support.

In his response, the MOWCA secretary-general, aligned with the GMA needs and promised that they will benefit from being a member of MOWCA.

He informed that engagement is ongoing with the President of the World Maritime University, Malmo to ensure technical assistance to member States and the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), London, to provide capacity building for all member countries.

Adalikwu further highlighted MOWCA’s new action plans and strategic vision. He revealed that a new organogram accommodating four departments as stated in the institutional document of MOWCA, to drive the organisation under his leadership, has been emplaced.

Adalikwu also visited the Managing Director, The Gambia Port Authority and the Nigerian Embassy in Banjul as part of enhanced familiarisation and broader interaction.