IMO partners FG to develop single window platform for effective ports operation
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has said it is supporting the Government of Nigeria to develop a Port Community System (PCS) for electronic data exchange for its ports complex.
Port Community System is a neutral platform (single window) that allows the exchange of electronic information between various stakeholders, which has become an increasingly important part of simplifying cross-border trade.
IMO is partnering with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Customs Service among other agencies and ministries to ensure the PCS kicks off this 2022.
The Guardian had reported the inability of government agencies at the ports to ensure the single window platform commence for trade purposes, as many of them battle for who should control the platform.
This made the Federal Government to settle for a port community system, which would make all the agencies interact with one another in terms of data exchange.
IMO disclosed that from January to June 2022, it would work with the Nigerian Ports Authority to conduct a detailed needs assessment mission.
IMO stated that the assessment team would conduct an analysis of the current situation and put forward recommendations on the governance, business model and technology and identify any gaps to be addressed.
“This will ensure that Nigerian ports benefit from an effective operational country-wide PCS to enhance the economy of the country,” IMO noted.
According to IMO, the assessment mission is phase two of a project which began in 2021 with a series of IMO-led webinars between August and November 2021, which aimed to raise awareness among Nigerian stakeholders about key aspects of a PCS.
IMO noted that this series identified the opportunities and challenges for developing a national PCS in Nigeria.
The international organisations added that over 60 senior management participants from Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Customs Service, Immigration, Health services, Agricultural services, Ministry of transportation, as well as port terminal operators, shipping companies, ship agents, importers and exporters participated.