Ghana has just hosted the 20th edition of the Africa Intermodal Conference and Exhibition, which is an annual event that assembles players in the maritime and logistics industry across the world in African countries to discuss global trends in the sector.
This year’s edition, a 2 day event, brought together over 200 participants and 30 speakers from various countries and subsectors of the industry to discuss new developments affecting the maritime, trade and logistics landscape.
Rory Doyle, Managing Director of Transport Events, organisers of the conference, said in addition to knowledge sharing, the conference also enhances business networking.
“The main purpose of the conference is networking and providing the opportunity for more than 200 people from 18 different counties, to network over the course of two-day conference to meet people who are all decision makers from the port, shipping and logistics industries,” he revealed.
Director of Takoradi Port, Captain Ebenezer Afadzi who represented the Director General said innovations at Ghana’s ports are transforming service delivery and revenue mobilization for the state.
“Here in Ghana last year witnessed a major change in the course of doing business in the port, with the introduction of the paperless port clearance system. We do admit the initial implementing stages where not rosy, but with determination and the full support of the seat of government we persevered and a year on, we have been able improve in a greater aspect in our service delivery including an exponential increase of custom revenue to the country,” he revealed.
The Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, in his keynote address said Ghana is positioning itself to take advantage of the ongoing magnificent growth in the African maritime space.
“For us in Ghana we have put in place plans and programmes to make our path competitive as well as establish and maintain a maritime hub within the sub-region,” he said.
Presentations were made by some stakeholder agencies from different countries.
“In as much we are expanding and automating our port there is also the need to create better links to and from the port themselves to ensure that we have a total efficiency and growth,” Serwaa Opoku Fosu, Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager, GPHA, opined.
“We exist, we operate and we get our income as a result of what happens around us, mainly domestically, and internationally. If trade dwindles, it affects whatever we do. So, trade facilitation has also emerged as a key factor for International trade efficiency and economic development in many countries,” an official from CILT Ghana stated.
The various speakers presented papers on the role their outfits intend to play in the goal of a safe, digitized efficient logistics chain across the African Maritime landscape.
Exhibitors showcased various items and services available from their companies and agencies
Before the conference however, the delegates toured the Tema Port where they saw the ongoing port expansion works.