The Conference will take place over three days (22 – 24 October 2013).
The 22nd of October 2013, which is the first day of the conference, will mainly comprise of a facilitated discussion on challenges facing Africans in owning and operating merchant ships. The session is meant to provide the most appropriate platform for African Ship owners to engage the leaders of African maritime administrations and ship registrars on how best to unlock the blockages that impede successful ownership and operation of merchant ships in Africa. The outputs of this day will provide key inputs into day 2 and 3.
The 23rd of October 2013 will be hosted by the Association of African Maritime Administrators to consider strategic inputs from the African Ship Owners Association, develop a collaborative programme of action and the most appropriate delivery mechanism for Africa to take charge of its maritime sector for the socio-economic benefit of its people. This session will also focus on designing the most appropriate governance structure for the Association of African Maritime Administrators and how it relates to other strategic structures such as the Association of Ship Owners.
The third day, which is the 24th of October will wrap up the deliberations over the first two days, conduct master classes on key topical maritime issues as well as provide structured opportunities for business to business engagements with various African maritime industry stakeholders.
Invitations extended to both Coastal and land locked African countries having maritime administrations, the African Union Commission (AUC), the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Maritime Organisation of West Central Africa (MOWCA) and other observer organisations that were present in Accra and Mombasa. The land locked countries will participate by virtue of certain rights given to them by Articles 58, 69 and 70 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as by virtue of their control over inland waterways under their jurisdiction