January 24, 2024
Following the successful convening of the African Maritime Cabotage and Blue Economy Conference (AMCBEC) 2023 from 8 – 10 November 2023 in Mombasa, the AMCBEC 2023 Secretariat this week circulated its final report of the event proceedings, recommendations and conclusions.
Speaking on achieving this milestone, Ms. Ruth Muigai, Economist (Projects and Planning) at the PMAESA Secretariat and technical lead co-ordinator in organizing the AMCBEC 2023 said: “The successful execution of this Continental level Maritime sector conference is a culmination of months of team effort, hard-work and perseverance on all levels.”
She adds: “The event would not have been successful without the unwavering support of Strategic partners and Sponsors such as the State Department for Shipping and Maritime Affairs through the Ministry of Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime in the Republic of Kenya, The Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), our member the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), the Inter-Governmental Standing Committee on Shipping (ISCOS), the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and support from Express Shipping and Logistics (ESL), Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Co-ordination Authority (NCTTCA), County Government of Mombasa and the East Africa Community Secretariat.”
The AMCBEC 2023 conference brought together more than 350 delegates from 25 African Countries. The event was organised around seven (7) Sessions, focusing on the following critical areas;
- Maritime Cabotage in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region
- Role of Ports and Harbours in Facilitating Regional Maritime Cabotage
- Harnessing the Blue Economy by Embracing the Value Chain Approach
- Importance of Trade Facilitation in Promoting Regional Integration and Intra–African Trade
- Boosting Intra–African Trade from the Ship Ownership Perspective
- Role of Private Sector and Financial Institutions in Promoting Continental Trade and
- Ship Building and Ship Repairs in Africa: Opportunities & Challenges.
Over 3 days, experts delved into panel discussions and presentations, to exchange information and ideas on how best Cabotage policies can be implemented in Africa in support of the African Maritime Transport Charter (2010), which states that: ‘State Parties shall promote Cabotage and effective participation of private sector operators at National, Regional and Continental levels. In the establishment of a National and Regional Maritime Cabotage, shipping lines should be encouraged in order to promote Intra-African trade and facilitate the Economic and Socio-economic integration of the continent’;
Access the full report here: AMCBEC 2023 – Final Report