Maritime sector: FG targets foreign investors

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[Abuja]–In its bid to attract foreign investors into the nation’s shipping sector, The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has diclosed its plans to showcase the huge potential of the Nigerian maritime sector at the Norway Shipping holding later week this year.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside disclosed this during the official visit of the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ronny Berg and the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Jens-Peter Kjemprud,

Peterside said that Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi would be leading a delegation from Nigeria to grace the event and meet relevant maritime stakeholders at the side lines of the occasion in Norway, adding that the move would further strengthen the bilateral trade between both countries.

“The delegation, to be led by the Honourable Minister of Transportation will be holding series of meetings with maritime stakeholders during the Norway shipping week to discuss available opportunities in the Nigerian maritime industry,” he stated.

In his response, Berg said that Nigeria is Norway’s biggest trade partner in Africa, adding that there is a the need to strengthen the ties between both countries through cooperation and collaboration.

In his own statement the Norwegian Deputy Minister noted that “Norway has had trade ties with Nigeria since the 1890s when stock fish from Norway was shipped into Nigeria.”

“Norwegians have interest in investing in Nigeria especially the maritime sector and we are willing to support NIMASA in delivering a safe maritime economy”, he added.

The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency was created from the merger of National Maritime Authority and Joint Maritime Labour Industrial Council (former parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Transport) on the 1st August 2006.

It has, since then, become the apex regulatory and promotional maritime agency of the Nigerian maritime sector.

Its functions as  enshrined in the NIMASA Act, 2007 include shipping development, maritime safety and capacity development amongst others.

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