Nigeria, China sign bilateral relations to boost seaport operations

Managing Director of Nigeria Port Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman (right) and the Deputy Director General, Guangzhou Port Authority, China Yue Yuan (left) during the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) on establishing sister Port relationship between the two ports at the 2018 IAPH Conference in Abuja.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Guangzhou Port Authority, the largest comprehensive hub Port in Southern China, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) concerning greater efficient port operations.

This was contained in press statement issued by the Nigerian Ports Authority in Lagos, noting that MoU was signed on September 18, 2018 at the maiden African Regional Conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbour(IAPH) in Abuja, Nigeria and would strengthen communication and cooperation thereby enabling synergy and collaboration amongst the two ports authorities.

Guangzhou is the main transit Port of raw materials, energy supplies and Foreign Trade as well as the key support chain in Southern Region of China.

According to NPA, the agreement would also deepen infrastructural and Port Scientific Technological Developments including matters bordering on capacity building, efficient customer service delivery, administrativeexcellence and greater operationalefficiency.

Other subjects captured in the MoU would comprise of joint promotion of effective logistics in trade facilitation in order to enhance Port capacity for the service of regional economic growth on non -committal basis with information sharing being the main pivot and foundation of all consultations.

Furthermore, the MoU would prioritize the advancement of green Port development and environmental protection such as energy saving and emission reduction.

It would uphold the establishment of an information exchange mechanism in order to enshrine new developmentsin Port operation with modern information technology driving the process are imbibed across board.

There are also the expectations of trainingprograms exchange for management staff and technical specialists and other areas of expertise such as loading and uploading of machinery and equipment, Electrical facilities, safety engineering and information technology applications.

The operation of the MoU is for a duration of 2 years in the first instance from the date the partiesappended signatures on mutual beneficiary basis renewable yearly.

The two parties would keep to confidentiality of information exchange, a requirement spelt outto remain valid even after the expiration, releasing or termination of the MoU.

The Managing Director NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman signed on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while Deputy Director General, GPA Yuan Yue (Ann) signed for the People’s Republic of China.

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