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MD NPA advocates enhanced cargo clearance framework in Africa

MD NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman

The Managing
Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman has advocated
for an African framework targeted at enhancing the conveyance of cargos and the
quality of logistics in a more predictable manner.

The Managing
Director advocated that such a framework should be targeted at enhancing the
clearance of cargoes through efficient logistics in a more profitable manner,
and added that it had become imperative to eliminate encumbrances affecting
trade liberalization and facilitation in the sub region.

Ms Bala Usman was speaking
in a good will message at the African Women in Maritime (WIMAFRICA) second
continental conference themed “ Trade facilitation in Africa : challenges and

While commending
the members of WIMAFRIAC for organizing the conference, she urged the women to proffer
an integrative approach that would eliminate the increasing complexities and
cost associated with transaction processes of trade in the continent.

She further encouraged
members of WIMAFRICA to key into the concept of trade facilitation, which she noted
as a major driver of economic development and growth of Nations, adding that it
would enable Africa to effectively maximize the tremendous benefits of trade

The Managing
Director continued that “for us in the continent to get trade facilitation
right, it is imperative that our regulatory environment must be tied with best
practices and strengthened to ensure that operators in the trade corridors and
border – post adhere to the various article of the World Trade Organization on Trade
Facilitation Agreement.

“We in the
continent more than ever before need to redefine our trade processes to ensure
simplification of documentation, automation, efficiency, transparency and
professionalism; this no doubt will engender ease of doing business.”

While asking
WIMAFRICA to unravel critical issues militating against the continent from
taking the advantages of the prospects of trade facilitation, Ms Bala Usman
admonished them to come up with strategic plans that would upscale the desired
growth and development of the economy of the continent.

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