Namport hosts Port Management conference


Namibian Port Authority will be hosting the 37th Annual Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) Council Meeting and Conference in Swakopmund, Namibia from 27th-30th November 2011.

PMAESA Secretary General Jerome Ntibarekerwa recently announced the dates for Council meeting cum Ports and Maritime Conference.

The initial dates of December 5-7 coincided with the IAPH Africa/Europe Regional meeting scheduled for Antwerp, Belgium.

“Since most of our members are also members of IAPH, it is only fair that we avoid running the two meetings, back to back,” he said.

The Namibian conference themed, ‘Ports And Logistics: A vision for Future Integration’ will be hosted by Namport.

PMAESA is a regional organisation for the ports and maritime sector in Eastern and Southern Africa which seeks to promote and nurture best practices among member ports by creating an enabling environment for exchange of information and capacity building to contribute to the economic development of the region.

PMAESA was first established as the Port Management Association of Eastern Africa, in Mombasa, Kenya, in April 1973, under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), following a recommendation made at a meeting of the African Ministers in charge of transport, held in Tunisia in February 1971.

About 300 delegates, 150 of whom are international delegates are expected to attend the conference, with an international exhibition which will run parallel to the conference and expected to provide a leading platform connecting top port operators, port equipment suppliers and buyers in Africa and across the world.

The steering committee for the conference consists of members from the three organising companies, Namibian Port Authority, Conference Link and the PMAESA Secretariat, confirmed Jo-Ann Stevens, the conference coordinator.

The gathering is meant to avail excellent sourcing opportunities and ideas for port executives, maritime experts and CEOs in the related sectors in addition to providing an educational platform for all visitors.

Topical issues to be covered during the conference include; how Africa can stimulate development for its ports; Investment opportunities in African Ports; Port privatisation; challenges and the concession process; piracy issues on the African waters and cruise shipping development in the region.

The conference also comes at a time when the European Union is funding a three months study intended to promote cruise tourism within the Eastern and Southern African region, under the auspices of PMAESA.

The study is being undertaken by Michael Langstaff and Chris Landmann from Consult International, who have more than 30 years’ experience in developing countries, development projects, organisation of investment conferences and facilitation of EU-Africa business links for the European Union (EU), World Bank and United Nations (UN) specialised Agencies.