The Nigerian Ports Authority and the Port of Antwerp in Belgium have entered into a sister Port Memorandum of Understanding to promote greater efficient port operations.
The agreement is expected to strengthen communication and cooperation thereby enabling synergy and collaboration between the two ports authorities.
NPA Managaing Director, Hadiza Bala Usman, who was represented by the Executive Director Marine and Operations, Sokonte Davies, when the Belgian delegation visited NPA headquarters, Marina, Lagos on Wednesday, said the MoU will help boost efficiency through the digitization of operations at the port.
The parties are optimistic that agreements reached would ensure they attain competitive advantage by prioritizing greater and efficient customer service amidst the tenets of best practices.
Mindful of the recent border closure and the expected cargo increase at the seaports, the Nigeria Ports Authority says that it is leveraging on the port of Antwerp area of strenght to drive efficient port operations.
As Europe’s second largest port, the port of Antwerp annually handles about 235 million tonnes of international maritime freight.
In view of this, the ports authority is hoping that the collaboration will facilitate more cargo traffic to Nigeria’s seaports, as it strives to become a hub port in Africa.