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West Africa Branch Seminar
Posted on Friday, July 7, 2017 and tagged as ICS branch news
Accra, Ghana - Tuesday 4th July 2017 the West
Africa Branch organised a seminar on Container Demurrage - its
administration and impact on the maritime industry in Ghana. The
event was organised in conjunction with the visit to the branch of
the Membership Committee of the Institute.
The seminar sealed the position of the branch as a leader
within the West Africa maritime industry and the branch succeeded
in gathering together the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry,
Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah, experts on Demurrage such as Dr Kofi Mbiah,
former Chief Executive of the Ghana Shippers Authority and leaders
of the local maritime sector including executives of local
companies and shipping professionals.
The challenge faced by the seminar was the $100M charged to
shippers annually in demurrage fees across ports in Ghana - much of
which is avoidable. These are costs that are ultimately passed on
and paid by the final consumer, but these costs are originated from
system inefficiencies and possibly a lack of understanding on the
part of the shippers.
A change in the regulations as well as procedures locally
are much needed at every level - lines, port authorities,
port agents, shippers and customs - so as to implement a real
change and tackle system inefficiencies.
The highly successful seminar concluded with a wide ranging
debate and discussion on the urgency to find solutions to a problem
that is concerning so many in the industry.
The Ghana maritime export sector is strong, with 800,000
tonnes of cocoa shipped out of the country annually as well as
other commodities, and the sector has great potential to grow
stronger. The Deputy Minister promised to work hard to ensure that
Ghanaian shipbrokers have opportunities to practice their
profession and apply their knowledge and skills. He emphasised the
need for the Ghanaian shipping community to expand its skills and
education, and ensure that the benefits of global trade are brought
into Ghana, and benefit the people of Ghana.
Fred Asiedu-Dartey, Chairman of the Institute branch of West
Africa, concluded the event with his commitment on behalf of the
branch and the wider network; to support whatever professional
skills or education is needed on the ground in Ghana, they have a
partner in the Institute.
With more than 5,000 examinations supported around the world
annually, branches in 25 locations, and a 100 year old commitment
to ensuring accessible, professional qualifications of the highest
standard are available to people irrespective of geography or
economic position - the Institute is rapidly becoming the maritime
sectors' capacity-building powerhouse, partnering with governments,
organisations and companies in developing nations across the
This seminar in Accra highlighted the vital role the
Institute plays within national maritime sectors.
Seminar Chair, Karl Franz FICS
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon Carlos
West Africa Branch Chair, Fred Asiedu-Dartey FICS
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Director, Julie
Guest Speaker, Dr Kofi Mbiah, former Chief Executive of the
Ghana Shippers Authority
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