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NPA, Port Of Antwerp sign MoU towards operational efficiency

The Representative of the Managing Director and Executive Director, Marine and
Operations, NPA, Dr. Sokonte Hutttin Davies, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
Port of Antwerp Int’l APEC, Kristof Watersehoot, the Ambassador of Belgium, His
Excellency, Daniel Dargent and the President Nigeria-Belgium Chamber of
Commerce, Dr. Timi Austen-Peters during the official signing of MOU between
Nigeria and Belgium at the NPA Corporate Headquarters in Lagos.

The Management of
the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Port of Antwerp Belgium have signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) towards operational efficiency in line with
the desire to deepen the mutual beneficial relationship existing between the
two ports.

The MoU which now
exists between the two port entities is also expected to strengthen the
bilateral relations between the two organisations.

Speaking to
stakeholders at the Corporate Headquarters of the NPA, the representative of
the Managing Director, the Executive Director Marine and Operations, Dr Sokonte
Huttin Davies, submitted that apart from resulting in a boost in efficiency through
expertise, development and digitalization, the MoU would ensure simultaneous
growth with new skills being acquired and new trends opened.

The agreement which
will last for five years effective from the 27th day of November,
2019 will also broaden technical skills and practical knowledge.

The Memorandum of
Understanding covers vast areas which include infrastructure, stimulation of
trade growth as well as concretizing the enabling environment for the tenets
of Public Private Partnership (PPP) to thrive between the two ports.

According to the
team from Port of Antwerp, they see greater future in the Nigerian Ports
Authority (NPA) as it makes progress in its concessioned regime. Thus the
reason for the mutually beneficial Memorandum of Understanding.

Annick De Rider,
President Port Of Antwerp, said: “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 Ports of Antwerp
is the second largest Port in Europe that aims for flexibility, response to a
rapidly evolving Maritime Market, allowing the Port to continue playing roles
in cooperation, adaptability and focusing greatly on digitalization.

In his
contribution, the Chairman Board of Directors of the NPA Emmanuel Olajide
Adesoye stated that the industry expectation is that the two Organisations
would leverage on each other’s expertise for growth in trade, which would
result in Global Economic Development for the two Nations.

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