KPA to Continue Supporting PMAESA

KPA Ag. MD Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku presents a KPA plaque to PMAESA Ag. Secretary General Col. Andre Ciseau. On the left is KPA’s GM: Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau. (Photo: KPA)

The Kenya Ports Authority has pledged to support efforts towards revamping the Port Management Association of Eastern & Southern Africa (PMAESA).

Speaking during a courtesy call to the Ag. Secretary General of the non-profit intergovernmental organization, Col. Andre Ciseau in his office on 17 July 2018, KPA Ag. Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku reiterated that the Authority will complement PMAESA Secretariat’s human resource aspect especially in the area of communications and data management.

The Association is made up of Port Operators, Government Line Ministries, Logistics and Maritime Service Providers and other port and shipping stakeholders from the Eastern, Western and Southern African and Indian Ocean regions.
The regional body was first established on April 1973, under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), following a recommendation made at a meeting of African Ministers in charge of transport, held in Tunisia in February 1971.

During the visit to the Secretariat, Dr. Manduku noted that the Authority will also consider assisting PMAESA in boosting its ICT section while it remained active in meetings and engaging other stakeholders. “KPA will always go beyond its call of duty to support PMAESA” he added.

Earlier in his welcome remarks, Col. Andre Ciseau briefed Dr. Manduku about the role and activities of PMAESA. He pointed out that PMAESA plays a significant role to the growth of member ports. He underscored its importance and called for the support from member states.

Col. Ciseau expressed his appreciation to KPA for hosting the Secretariat since inception and pledged to promote cruise tourism in the region. He revealed his plan to use a strategy of clustering key stakeholders to ensure that all the tourism organizations and individuals are on board to promote cruise tourism in the region.

Col. Ciseau talked of his commitment to work closely with KPA and the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) to ensure that Mombasa becomes a home port for cruise vessels.

Also present during the meeting were the General Manager Corporate Services Mr. Edward Kamau, the Head of Internal Audit and Risk Management Mr. Fred Oyugi and the Head of Corporate Affairs Mr. Bernard Osero.