THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY/CEO OF NIGERIAN SHIPPERS’ COUNCIL URGES UNION OF AFRICAN SHIPPERS’ COUNCILS (UASC) TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO TRADE AND TRANSPORT CHALLENGES
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council recently hosted other member countries of the Union of African Shippers’ Councils (UASC) in a special sub-regional interactive meeting in Abuja. The interaction was aimed at addressing the current infrastructure deficit which has become a key factor slowing socio-economic growth of member countries of UASC. At the meeting, participants noted with regret the current situation whereby goods originating from an African country will have to be routed through Asia before getting to its final destination in another African country.
Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary/CEO dew attention to the critical role of trade and transportation in the economic development of nations. He stated that transport drives integration and trade connectivity holds the key to Africa’s development. Therefore, the need for concerted efforts to improve key transport infrastructures across all modes cannot be over-emphasized.
The Executive Secretary urged member countries of the UASC to critically examine issues regarding improved access to transport infrastructure and networks to improve connectivity, promote integration of markets and enhance trade for sustainable economic growth of UASC member countries. He added that addressing these deficits will bring about competitiveness, efficiency and cost reduction, especially in the West and Central African sub-region.