Global collaboration will engender growth for Africa – Peterside
Dakuku Peterside, chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) has stated that intercontinental collaboration is essential to the growth of maritime in Africa.
This was as AAMA was recently recognised by the Seatrade Maritime Awards as an outstanding association, driving the growth of maritime in Africa.
Receiving the award, Peterside said AAMA views partnership as the only way forward for the maritime sector in Africa.
“Our role is to place Africa on the platform it belongs in terms of growth of the entire maritime sector. As the biggest island of all the continents, we need to collaborate more to reap the benefits inherent in the African maritime sector,” he said.
Peterside, who was represented by Nneka Obianyor, Nigeria’s registrar of ships, commended the organisers for the Award, adding that it would spur the association to continue to do more as it plays its advisory role in facilitating collaborations for growing African maritime sector.
He said members of AAMA are ready to partner with anyone to grow maritime in Africa because maritime is one of the options for the growth and development of the continent.
This, according to him, is why AAMA is calling on the world to partner it in harnessing the investment opportunities in the African maritime sector.
“This award recognises organisations that have made significant impact and AAMA was chosen based on what is doing to grow maritime business in Africa. We also recognised the impact of AAMA on the development of the supply chain, growth of business and her role in stimulating infrastructural growth in Africa,” said the organisers under the patronage of H.E Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayman, chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority.
AAMA is the coordinating body for 38 Maritime Administrations in Africa established in pursuant to article 5 of the African Maritime Transport Charter (AMTC).