African Freight Forwarders Federation advocates trade opportunities to build capacity in maritime industry
|President AFFF, Chief Lexzy Nwangwu
Freight Forwarders (AFFF) has advocated for trading opportunities for Africans
to build their capacity in the sector.
The President of AFFF, Chief Lexzy Nwangwu, made
the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on
Wednesday in Lagos.
Maritime Conference organised by the African Shipowners Association, with the
“African Cargo for African Shipowners’’, at Victoria Crown Plaza Hotel,
Victoria Island, Lagos.
were deprived of the opportunity to partake in the trade involving major
freight forwarding jobs with the excuses that they lacked the capacity.
for any category of job could only be achieved through practical participatory
opportunities in the trade.
freight forwarding services all over Africa have been handled by non-Africans.
The excuse is that we do not have the capacity. What is capacity?
jobs to do. Capacity is acquired through practice and regular trade.
forwarding industry has the capacity to employ thousands of youths but this is
wished out to non-Africans under the pretext of lack of capacity/expertise.
individual member countries must endeavour to remove logistics from all project
contracts and award them to indigenous companies.
building,” he told NAN.
AIM-Strategy 2050, which has provision for development of Africa’s maritime
industry, Nwangwu said AFFF would work with the African Shipowners Association.
the spirit of achieving the intentions of the AIM-Strategy.
Cabotage which was the highlight of the conference because the provision was
about reserving certain aspects of maritime service for indigenous operators.