The Nigerian Ports Authority and the Port of Antwerp, Belgium, have signed a memorandum of understanding towards operational efficiency in line with the desire to deepen the mutual beneficial relationship existing between the two ports.
According to the NPA, the MoU which now exists between the two ports, is also expected to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two organisations.
The Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman, who stated this in Lagos on Wednesday, noted that apart from boosting efficiency through expertise, development and digitalisation, the MoU would ensure simultaneous growth with new skills and new trends.
Bala-Usman, who was represented by the Executive Director, Marine and Operations, Dr Sokonte Davies, disclosed that the agreement would last for five years as well as broaden technical skills and practical knowledge.
A statement signed by the General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications, NPA, Mr Jatto Adams, indicated that the MoU covered vast areas which included infrastructure, stimulation of trade growth as well as concretising the enabling environment for the tenets of public private partnership to thrive among the two ports.
The President, Port of Antwerp, AnnickDe Rider, was quoted as saying, “West Africa takes a large share in the traffic of Port of Antwerp.
“It is therefore our ambition to further strengthen our position in West Africa. We aim to pass our know-how and experience. We hope that this mission will create new fruitful contacts, new connections and new business opportunities in order to ensure future growth for years to come.”
The Chairman, Board of Directors of the NPA, Emmanuel Adesoye, was quoted as saying that the industry’s expectation was that the two organisations would leverage each other’s expertise for growth in trade.