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NPA to support digital revolution of African ports

By Adaku Onyenucheya
20 October 2021   |   4:04 am
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has expressed readiness to work with the Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) for enhanced regional integration....

Nigerian Ports (NPA) has AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has expressed readiness to work with the Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) for enhanced regional integration and increased participation of ports in the regional economy.

The Acting Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko stated this when he received a delegation of the PMAWCA, led by the Association’s Secretary General, Mr. Jean Marie Koffi, in his office.

The PMAWCA delegation came to officially invite the acting Managing Director as a speaker at the forthcoming 41st PMAWCA Council Meeting, with the theme, ‘Digitised Port as a Model of Port Efficiency’, scheduled for November 2021, in Douala, Cameroon.

Bello-Koko said the NPA is working steadily to digitalise operations at all port locations in the country, towards optimal efficiency, elimination of corrupt practices and service excellence.

The NPA boss informed the PMAWCA delegation that the Authority has over the years, championed the transition from manual to digital, automated and smart business processes by working in collaboration with sister government agencies and providers of terminal and shipping services in the country.
He noted that this approach has enabled the country’s port system to continue to record an increase in cargo throughput every year, despite most of the seaports operating far above their designed capacity.

The NPA helmsman commended the PMAWCA Secretary General and his team for sustaining the long cordial relations between the two organisations, stating that PMAWCA has been a worthy partner at boosting regional trade and most importantly encouraging the spirit of unity and brotherhood among ports within the sub region and Africa in general.

According to him, NPA has been implementing a port community system to improve collaboration and information sharing among all parties in the supply value chain.

“I therefore urge PMAWCA to remain steadfast in the promotion of the single window system as part of port operations in the subregion, this is the right way to improve the efficiency of cargo clearance,” he added.

In his response, the PMAWCA Secretary General eulogised the management of the NPA for their impactful contributions to the growth and development of the association.

Koffi said the forthcoming 16th Roundtable Conference of Managing Directors is part of the highlights of the 41st PMAWCA Council Meeting, where delegates of member ports and sister organisations outside the continent would share experiences on digital transformation of their ports, the challenges encountered, the solutions applied and achievements therefrom.

He explained that the 2020 edition of the PMAWCA Annual Council Meeting could not hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged the entire world.
The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has expressed readiness to work with the Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) for enhanced regional integration and increased participation of ports in the regional economy.

The Acting Managing Director of NPA, Mohammed Bello-Koko stated this when he received a delegation of the PMAWCA, led by the Association’s Secretary General, Mr. Jean Marie Koffi, in his office.

The PMAWCA delegation came to officially invite the acting Managing Director as a speaker at the forthcoming 41st PMAWCA Council Meeting, with the theme, ‘Digitised Port as a Model of Port Efficiency’, scheduled for November 2021, in Douala, Cameroon.

Bello-Koko said the NPA is working steadily to digitalise operations at all port locations in the country, towards optimal efficiency, elimination of corrupt practices and service excellence.

The NPA boss informed the PMAWCA delegation that the Authority has over the years, championed the transition from manual to digital, automated and smart business processes by working in collaboration with sister government agencies and providers of terminal and shipping services in the country.

He noted that this approach has enabled the country’s port system to continue to record an increase in cargo throughput every year, despite most of the seaports operating far above their designed capacity.

The NPA helmsman commended the PMAWCA Secretary General and his team for sustaining the long cordial relations between the two organisations, stating that PMAWCA has been a worthy partner at boosting regional trade and most importantly encouraging the spirit of unity and brotherhood among ports within the sub region and Africa in general.

According to him, NPA has been implementing a port community system to improve collaboration and information sharing among all parties in the supply value chain.

“I therefore urge PMAWCA to remain steadfast in the promotion of the single window system as part of port operations in the subregion, this is the right way to improve the efficiency of cargo clearance,” he added.

In his response, the PMAWCA Secretary General eulogised the management of the NPA for their impactful contributions to the growth and development of the association.

Koffi said the forthcoming 16th Roundtable Conference of Managing Directors is part of the highlights of the 41st PMAWCA Council Meeting, where delegates of member ports and sister organisations outside the continent would share experiences on digital transformation of their ports, the challenges encountered, the solutions applied and achievements therefrom.

He explained that the 2020 edition of the PMAWCA Annual Council Meeting could not hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic that ravaged the entire world.