Nigeria to showcase maritime potential in Norway

The Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria, Jens-Peter Kjemprud (left); Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside and the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ronny Berg, during a visit of the Norwegian delegation to the NIMASA Headquarters in Lagos.

Poised to attract foreign investors into the nation’s shipping sector, The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has unveiled its plans to showcase the huge potential of the Nigerian maritime sector at the Norway Shipping holding later week this year.

The Director-General of NIMASA, Dr. Dakuku Peterside who disclosed this during the official visit of the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ronny Berg and the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Jens-Peter Kjemprud, said the move would further strengthen the bilateral trade between both countries.

Peterside who noted that Nigeria has a very rich maritime heritage said that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi would be leading a delegation from Nigeria to grace the event and meet relevant maritime stakeholders at the side lines of the occasion in Norway.

“The delegation, to be led by the Honourable Minister of Transportation will be holding series of meetings with maritime stakeholders during the Norway shipping week to discuss available opportunities in the Nigerian maritime industry,” he stated.

In his response, Berg said that Nigeria is Norway’s biggest trade partner on the continent of Africa hence the need to strengthen the ties through cooperation and collaboration.

According to the Norwegian Deputy Minister “Norway has had trade ties with Nigeria since the 1890s when stock fish from Norway was shipped into Nigeria. Norwegians have interest in investing in Nigeria especially the maritime sector and we are willing to support NIMASA in delivering a safe maritime economy “,

In its quest to advance the economic interest of the Nigerian maritime sector geared towards making it a world class standard, the NIMASA boss has continued to seek collaborations both locally and internationally, with positive results.

NIMASA remains the sole regulator of the Nigerian maritime sector with its functions cutting across shipping development, maritime safety and capacity development amongst others as enshrined in the NIMASA Act, 2007 and other enabling instruments.

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