Nigerian Ports Authority Hosts IAPH African Regional Conference

The Nigerian Ports Authority would be hosting the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Africa Regional Conference in Abuja, Nigeria between 17th and 19th September, 2018.

According to information obtained from the Local Organizing Committee, the theme for the conference which holds at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, will be “African Ports and Hinterland Connectivity,” and will draw key stakeholders in port and harbours from across the African continent and other parts of the world.

The statement signed by Chairman of the organizing committee, Mrs. Ugo Madubuike said: “The IAPH Africa Conference which will be declared open by the President, Federal Republic of Nigeria will assemble key experts and stakeholders in the port logistics and transport industry to provide a deeper understanding of the concept of port hinterland connectivity, assess the present landscape of Africa’s port sector and the challenges faced in hinterland connectivity, discuss the experiences of port hinterland connectivity in other parts of the world compared to Africa, explore possible critical solutions, and recommend best home-grown models that would enable Africa to improve on its port hinterland connectivity and intraregional trade”.

The statement explained that the conference theme will be discussed under four different categories namely: • Connectivity and port hinterlands: components, modal options;
• Funding options for hinterland connectivity - hard and soft infrastructure;
• Africa’s ports landscape: infrastructure, governance models, and landlocked transit corridors and
• Sustainability and facilitation of the logistics and transport supply chain

The International Association of Ports and Harbors, with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan was founded in 1955 as a global professional group for seaports operators across the world.

The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman was elected Vice President, IAPH (Africa Region) in July 2017 after a keenly contested election with other heads of Port Authorities in Africa.

The Conference will attract local participation from Nigeria’s maritime and trade sectors and international participation from key organizations like the World Trade Organization, the International Maritime Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, various African trade corridors including the Lagos Abidjan trade corridor and the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Antwerp Port Authority, Guangzhou Port Authority, Port of Miami (Florida) and African Ports such as:

(i)Transnet National Port Authority - South Africa, (ii) Kenya Ports Authority, (iii) Douala Port Authority - Cameroon, (iv) Nigerian Ports Authority, (v) Cotonou Port Authority - Benin, (vi) Abidjan Port Authority - Cote d’Ivoire, (vii) Dakar Port Authority - Senegal, (viii) Tanger Med Port - Morocco, (ix) Port of Alexandria - Egypt.
The lead sponsors of the Conference are African Circle Ltd, Intels Nigeria Ltd and Greenview Limited of the Dangote Group.

Registration for attendance and sponsorship is open on the Conference website:

Dear Delegate

We would like to inform you that the website for the IAPH Abuja Conference is now open to enable you register and obtain further information. The Conference registration fee is $500 per participant, payable online. There are also sponsorship/exhibition categories if you are interested.

You can either book a straight flight into Abuja or connect through Lagos. Either way, our officers will be on ground at the two International airports to assist with transporting you to your hotel in Abuja or with your connecting flight, if coming through Lagos. If you oblige us with your travel plans, we would be able to plan with you.

In Abuja, there will be buses to transport you from the conference hotels if you would not be staying at Transcorp Hilton, the hotel for the event. All the hotel rates have been negotiated and discounted on the website.

Kindly let us know other ways we can be of assistance to you. Regards,
Ugo Madubuike
Chairman Organizing committee
Tel: +2348033068903

Welcome Note

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and current Vice President of IAPH, African Region, Ms. Hadiza Bala Usman, will be hosting the maiden IAPH-Africa Regional Conference from 17th – 19th September 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria. The theme for the Conference is “African Ports and Hinterland Connectivity”. This theme is of topical importance and would enable delegates to examine the African ports sector and their captive and competitive hinterlands, the connectivity facilitation infrastructure, expertise and hinterland accessibility compared to progress achieved in other parts of the world. All African Ports, port operators, corridor management organisations and hinterland countries, as well as IAPH members organizations are invited to attend this conference and take advantage of the learning and networking opportunities it will offer.