Celebrating Port Merit for an Emerging Africa

The 3rd edition of the African Port Awards (APA) ceremony took place on 23 November 2017 at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge and Spa in Livingstone, Zambia. The awards ceremony took place during a gala dinner held after The PMAESA Investor Forum and Annual Conference held from 22 – 23 November 2017 at the same venue.

The APA ceremony was graced by the presence of Hon. Eng. Brian Mushimba, Minister for Transport & Communications of the Republic of Zambia.

Mr Guy Manouan, the representative from CODEX, which promotes the African Ports Awards highlighted the context and objectives of the project. He also spoke of the execution of the first and second editions held respectively in September 2015 in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) and in February 2017 in Dakar (Senegal).

He presented the short, medium and long term of the project’s perspectives during this edition of the PMAESA Region. And finally, he expressed his gratitude to The Ministry of Transport & Communications of the Republic of Zambia for hosting and organizing the conference and the Port Awards Ceremony.

Mr. Marcellin Ahiman, Commissioner General of the African Ports Awards spoke about the processes and technical criteria to shortlist the winning ports in the respective categories.

This forum provided the opportunity to distinguish four (4) ports from the PMAESA region for seven (7) competing awards:

  • Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) of South Africa, winner for four (4) awards: Port of Durban (Best Container Terminal Productivity, Best Transshipment Port, Best Port Management Information System and Port of Saldanha (Best quay productivity).
  • Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) for the price of the ‘Best Transit Port of the Sub-regional economies’ awarded to the port of Mombasa;
  • Seychelles Ports Authority (SPA) for the ‘Best Performing progression for Traffic 2015 to 2016’ awarded to the Port of Victoria;
  • Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) for the ‘Best Port policy for Capacity Building’ awarded to the Port of Walvis Bay.

The port authorities which provided information for the nomination criteria but did not receive awards were also cited during the ceremony and were encouraged to continue in the same spirit of providing port performance related information.

In closing, Mr. Ramalingum Maistry, Chairman of the Mauritius Ports Authority pledged to host the 4th African Ports Awards Ceremony in November 2018 in Mauritius at the 12th Pan-African Association for Port Cooperation (PAPC) Annual Conference.

The convening of the 3rd edition of the African Port Award reaffirms the institutionalization and rooting of this activity in the development agenda of African Ports.

About The African Port Awards (APA)

The African Port Awards is led by CODEX and was setup to create a platform for the recognition, promotion and celebration of the merit of the key actors in the African port and maritime sectors. Participating ports get the opportunity to be awarded under different categories.

APA aims to build awareness of these distinctions by putting them under the auspices of African sub-regional Port Associations (Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa – PMAWCA, Port Management Association of Eastern & Southern Africa – PMAESA and The North African Ports Association – UAPNA).

The adjudication process is undertaken through a jury panel of members composed of eminent African port experts. The first edition of the APA was held in conjunction with the PMAWCA ports membership before extending the awards to the PMAESA and UAPNA regions.

The second edition of the African Ports Awards (APA) was held in February 2017 in Dakar during the PMAWCA 38th Council Gala Dinner and the 11th Pan-African Association for Port Cooperation (PAPC) Conference.
APA also benefits from the institutional support of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

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