Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo will open the 2022 edition of Lagos International Maritime Week (LIMW) scheduled to hold from Tuesday September 13th to Thursday September 15th, 2022 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, next week.
Zoe Maritime Resources Limited, organizers of the annual maritime event revealed this in a press statement signed by the convener, Mrs. Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, yesterday.
This year’s LIMW and the 7th International Maritime Business to Business Conference and Exhibition is themed; “New Technologies for Greener Shipping in Africa”
Speaking with The News Diet on the upcoming event, Edodo-Emore said the theme of the programme is strategic as the event will be a prelude to the 2022 World Maritime Day (WMD), which has a similar theme.
Her words: “LIMW always uses the World Maritime Day for each year as the theme for its event because LIMW works hand-in-hand with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). This year’s event will be opened by the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Sambo”
“The programme will commence with a Public Lecture to be given by a doyen in the African maritime industry and a highly sought-after intellectual property of the World Maritime community, Otunba Kunle Folarin, who is also the Chairman, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council (NPCC)”
According to her, the aim of the conference and exhibition is to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) into the maritime industry in the West and Central African sub-region and to stimulate Nigeria as a focal point and hub of maritime activities in the sub-region.
The conference also intends to have round-tables dealing with various subjects such as: Maritime Transportation and Logistics, Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea, Maritime Law and Arbitration, Port Development, Marine Environment, Maritime Training and Education and Women in Maritime.
Meanwhile, the convener described the conference and exhibition as an amazing platform to showcase the maritime capacities and capabilities of key players in the industry in Nigeria and in the West and Central African subregion thereby attracting foreign businesses to partner with Nigerian companies and those of other countries in the subregion.
Speakers for the 2022 LIMW have been drawn locally and internationally and they include; the Danish Defence Attaché to Nigeria/ Maritime Military Advisor to West Africa, Captain (Navy) Soren Skovbjerg Nielsen; Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Hon. Emmanuel-Lyambee Jime; Director General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh; Executive Director, Security, Environment and Maritime Research, Danish Shipping, Maria Skipper Schwenn.
Other speakers are; Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, Ambassador (Mrs) Florentina Adenike Ukonga; Chief Judge, Federal High Court of Nigeria, Hon. Justice JT.Tsoho; President, Nigerian Maritime Law Association (NMLA), Mrs. Funke Agbor (SAN); President, Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria (MAAN), Mr. Bodurin Adewale; Chairman, SIFAX Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi; among others.
Participants expected at the conference include; maritime stakeholders, government agencies, banks, lawyers, doctors, insurance companies, shipowners, logistics companies, freight forwarders, oil and gas companies, among others.