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Former NIMASA DG elected President of African Shipowners Association



 a former Director-General of
the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has emerged as
the new President of the African Shipowners’ Association (ASA), a new

Omatseye, who
in 2014 contested the position of President of the Nigerian Shipowners
Association (NISA), but lost, was elected as the President of ASA with Stanley
Ahorlu of Ghana who emerged as the association’s 1st Vice President, while
Caroline Masala emerged as 2nd Vice President.

There will be 10 Directors from other African countries to assist Omatseye.

reportedly told newsmen that the ASA election was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
where major maritime industry players in Africa attended the African Union (AU)
Heads of State meeting for the launch of the Decade of African Maritime
Development programme.

The launch,
according to reports, witnessed strategic meetings of African ship owners,
heads of maritime administrations, port operators and African Heads of States
“With the
launch on Saturday, July 25, 2015, Africa will witness major changes in its
maritime industry.

He said the new association would be “supporting the Association of African
Maritime Administrations (AAMA) and other regional and sub-regional cooperation
organizations in maritime transport.

strongly believes in the establishment and development of African shipping
lines; attracting public and private investment in ships and shipping in
general; the establishment of maritime agencies within and outside Africa to
enable African shipping lines improve on the coordination of their schedule and
cargo handling operations; the creation of a dedicated fund for the development
of the African shipping lines; the establishment of Cabotage and effective
participation of private sector operators; the establishment of national and
regional maritime Cabotage shipping lines to promote intra-African trade and
facilitate the economic and socio-economic integration of the continent,”  the report quoted him  as saying.

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