By: Masahudu Ankilu Kunateh

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African Ports are faced with serious challenges of productivity, efficiency, new investment and sustainability. This directly impact logistics and supply chain performance.

The 3rd Africa Ports, Logistics and Supply Chain Conference & Expo 2012 to be held in

Accra, Ghana, from 19th-20th March 2012, will be addressing these challenges, and strategise to achieve competitiveness and supply chain innovation.

With world trade expected to double within 15 years, and the growing importance of African countries as global trading partners, most shipping lines are investing heavily in new vessels, including vessels over 10,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) capacities.

Port and terminal operators must accommodate these new shipping trends and needs. Expansion of terminals is taking place globally including in Nigeria, Angola and Egypt, and new terminals are being built in the Congo, Liberia, among others.

The 2012 Conference will address the readiness of African ports to receive the newer and bigger vessels, developing, improving and protecting port facilities; securing financing for marine infrastructure; managing congestion and increasing operational efficiency; assessing intermodal options and promoting regional and international trade flow.

The distinguished panel of speakers includes representatives from regional government authorities and trade bodies: Nestor Percy Galley, Director General, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Dr. Kofi Mbiah, CEO, Ghana Shippers’ Authority, and Jerome Ntibarekerwa, Secretary General, Port Management Association of East and South Africa

The Event is endorsed by the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, the Ghana Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Ghana Institute of Marine Surveyors, the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, the Association of Ghana Industries and the Ports Environmental Network – Africa.

Sponsors and exhibitors of the two-day Conference & Expo include GCNet, Meridian Port Services, International Container Terminal Services Inc and Borderless Alliance.

The 3rd Africa Ports, Logistics & Supply Chain Expo presents the business community with the platform to network and help alleviate the problems at our ports, so be there.

Carlos Ahenkora, President, Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders welcomed the conference and as the dynamic voice of freight logistics service providers urged all players to be cognizant of professionalism and “to possess minimum liability insurance for customer comfort and reliability.”

The CEO of the conference organising company, Magenta Global Pte Ltd, Singapore, Ms Maggie Tan, said: “The Conference & Expo will facilitate the exchange of fresh information, experience and knowledge towards achieving the objectives of enhancing port efficiency, reducing administrative burdens in ports, improving port financing & better delivery of port and logistics services.” Ms Tan encouraged companies, organizations, businesses and governments that share Magenta’s vision for the future of sustainable port operations and logistics industry to be part of this key event.


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