NIGERIA SUCCEEDS ANGOLA IN THE GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE MARITIME ORGANIZATION OF WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICAValdemar Lubano
The Ministry of Transport, represented by the Secretary of State for the Civil Maritime Aviation and Port sectors Carlos Antão Fernandes Borges, participated from 16-18 November in the 16th extraordinary session of the General Assembly of the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (OMAOC) which took place in Accra, capital of the Republic of Ghana.
The candidate of the Republic of Nigeria was elected by consensus, by the member states of the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (OMAOC), as the institution’s new Secretary General, at the General Assembly, which took place in Accra, Republic of Ghana, from 16 to 18 from November.
In the absence of the outgoing Secretary General, Angolan Michel Luvambano, the transfer document was delivered by the Secretary of State for Transport, Carlos Antão Fernandes Borges, to the new Secretary General.
The meeting was attended by transport ministers from 17 countries in West and Central Africa.
The Specialized Bodies of (OMAOC) were represented by their General Secretaries and Vice Chancellor: West and Central African Port Management Association (AGPAOC); Union of African Shippers Councils (UCCA); African Armaments Association (3A) and Regional Maritime University (RMU).
In addition, they all reaffirmed their support for (OMAOC) and their commitment to helping to revitalize the institution.
The closing ceremony consisted of a speech by the current Chairperson of (OMAOC), Minister of Transport of the Republic of Ghana, Kweku Ofori Asiamah, who thanked Member States for overwhelmingly responding to his invitation.
The Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (OMAOC) already has cooperation agreements signed with the African Union (AU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Commission of the Gulf of Guinea.
The Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (OMAOC) was created in 1975. Angola has been a member since 1977.
Angola is one of the largest contributors to the budget of the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa. For several years Angola led OMAOC.
The President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo and the Vice President of the Republic of Congo attended the meeting of transport ministers from West and Central Africa.
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