LET’S COLLABORATE TO DEVELOP OUR MARITIME RESOURCES…OFORI ASIAMAH TO MOWCA MEMBER STATES.
Minister of Transport also Chairman of Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa(MOWCA),Hon Kwaku Ofori Asiamah has urged member States the need to develop the Maritime resources by working together.
MOWCA was originally established in 1975 as an ministerial conference of West and Central African states for Maritime transport to ensure the provision of profitable services within the member states.
Speaking at the 16th Session of MOWCA General Assembly at the Labadi Beach Hotel here in Accra, Mr Ofori Asiamah said the maritime industry contribute immensely to the development and prosperity of nations where many of their needs are met by the utilisation of the oceans and sea.
This to him,the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa(MOWCA) has a very Important mandate to execute for the safety, security and sustainable exploration of resources in the Maritime domain for it’s people.
Mr Kwahu Ofori Asiamah re-echoed the need of member states to work together, according to him no single member state can make significant strive on their own in area such as Maritime security, Maritime navigation, infrastructure development and environmental protection can only become effective when approached with coordination and integrated efforts.
On her side,Chief of Staff, Mrs. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare who was the key note speaker at the same event stated that developing effective maritime sector remains a necessary endeavour which requires the strategic role of organisation such as MOWCA and all African Governments.
According to her,over 90% of Africa’s International trade, imports and exports are conducted by sea.
Further, she urged participants at the conference the need to have a united front on maritime issues and also make clearer the importance of maritime sector in the development of the African continent.