Experts draft blueprint for Africa’s maritime growth.
As the scream of the African maritime industry rose after three days of brainstorming, it was clear the continent was at a crossroads as far as growth of the sector was concerned.
Industry experts who came up with a raft of resolutions geared towards lifting the industry noted maritime has been largely ignored and hence had taken a backseat in economic growth of Africa.
Earlier, Transport minister Amos Kimunya had challenged the experts to come up with robust and practical approaches to jump start the industry with potential to drive the economy and create wealth and employment.
“Africa is playing a marginal role in global maritime sector, especially due to almost non-existent ownership of vessels. This is despite Africa having a vibrant shipping presence in its ports,” Kimunya said.
The inaugural heads of African maritime administrations and ship registrars’ conference at Whitesands Beach Resort in Mombasa was called to try to unlock the potential of the industry that largely benefits other continents while Africa watched.
Article courtesy of Standard Digital.