Nigeria Ports Authority announces review of port concession framework during IAPH

Nigeria Ports Authority announces review of port concession framework during IAPH

Between the 17th and 19th of September, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) hosted the 2018 International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH) Africa Regional Conference in Abuja, Nigeria.

During the IAPH Conference, Managing Director of NPA Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman stated that the NPA is in the process of reviewing the NPA port concession framework together with the World Bank as technical partner. She added: “What we have discovered is that there is no clarity on sanctions for anyone of the partners violating their contractual obligations. No clarity as to what form of penalty. These aspects are part of the topics under review.” MTBS has been selected by the World Bank as Consultant for this assignment to develop a mechanism for proper assessment of the NPA port concessions.

The three-day IAPH Conference brought together port authorities, terminal operators, and corridor management organisations to study the linkage between African ports and their hinterlands, some of which rely on neighbouring countries for seaborne access to develop and grow their economies. The main topics discussed during IAPH 2018 comprised:

  • Connectivity and Port Hinterlands - components and modal options;
  • Funding Options for Hinterland Connectivity - hard and soft infrastructure;
  • Africa’s Ports Landscape - infrastructure, governance models, and land-locked transit corridors; and,
  • Sustainability and Facilitation of the Logistics and Transport Supply Chain.

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