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Africa Maritime Journalists Conference holds in Ghana

 The inaugural edition of a continent-wide forum
for maritime journalists, content owners and publishers based in Africa, tagged
Africa Maritime Journalists Conference (AMJOC),  will hold this
January in Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

 The conference, themed “Building Effective Communication
Infrastructure for Africa’s Blue Economy’,
  will take place on the
29 and 30 January 2016, at the Coconut Groove Regency Hotel.
members of the maritime media fraternity, other participants expected at the
event are maritime industry corporate communication and information officers,
advocacy groups, trade and professional associations, non-governmental and
civil society groups etc.
Special Guest of
 is Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Transport,
Hon. (Mrs) Joyce Bawah Mogtari. She will give a Keynote Address on “Maritime Media as Vessel for Africa’s
Economic Transformation” at the Opening Ceremony.
Some of
the invited speakers include
Mr Magnus Teye Addico – former Secretary General of the Maritime Organisation
of West and Central Africa (MOWCA) Mr Micheal Luguje – Secretary General of Pan
African Ports Co-operation (PAPC).
are Capt. Arian Turkson – former Rector of the Regional Maritime
University-Ghana; Barrister Hassan Bello – Executive Secretary/CEO of Nigerian
Shippers Council, and Capt. Dallas Laryea – Head of the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) Office for Anglophone West Africa.
also are Barrister (Mrs) Nancy Karigithu – Principal Secretary, Maritime
Commerce – Kenya Ministry of Transport; Mr Richard Anamoo – Director General of
Ghana Ports and Habours Authority; Commander Tsietsi Mokhele – CEO of South
African Maritime Safety Agency.
 Others are Revd (Dr) Peter I. Azuma – Director
General of Ghana Maritime Authority; and Mr George Sunguh, Editor PMAESA Our
Port Magazine.
of the Conference Organising Committee, Mr Lanre Badmus, said that AMJOC is
conceived as an annual capacity building platform for maritime media executives
in the continent, to strengthen professionalism and promote best practices in
the delivery of maritime news across Africa and to the world.
Badmus said
the conference aims at setting agenda and encourage peer review by maritime
institutions in Africa; support research and information exchanges among
maritime media practitioners; advocate solidarity and goodwill between the
media and all segments of the maritime industry.
Accra conference entails interactive technical sessions, display of maritime
journals, books and media equipment, as well as a pre-conference educational
visit to maritime establishments, he added.
to be discussed include “Maritime Policy Development and its Impact on Africa’s
Economy”; “Africa’s Blue Economy and Contemporary Maritime Media”; “Capacity
Building and Institutional Support for Maritime Media in Africa”.
papers to be delivered are “Maritime Domain Awareness – Role of the Media”;
“Effective Media to Business Relations in the Maritime Industry: Methods and
Tactics”; and “Ethics and Professionalism in Maritime Media Practice.”
event is free for all practising maritime media journalists and content owners,
while non-journalists will have to pay a registration fee.
interested participants are to register by visiting the conference official
website www.amjoc.net, click on the REGISTER MENU to access the form
online. Deadline for registration is 20 January, 2016.

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