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Nigeria, US, others to boost security in Gulf of Guinea

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To enhance security in the Gulf of Guinea, the Federal Government, the United States, and France will address security challenges in the region during the 2023 Lagos International Maritime Week.

In a statement on Tuesday, the organizers of the event, Zoe Maritime Resources Limited, said that some of the things to be discussed include port development, transportation, law and arbitration, training and education, as well as the environment and women in maritime.

“The LIMWEEK proposes to be a week of activities showcasing the best of the maritime industry,” it stated.

Zoe Maritime Resources said that LIMWEEK, the event that includes the 8th International Maritime Business to Business Conference, will take place on September 19, 2023.
The conference’s theme is ‘MARPOL at 50: Pollution from Ships, Africa’s Commitment to Clean Oceans, Seas, Inland Waters, and the Marine Environment’.

The statement also said that the program would give stakeholders and experts the opportunity to address maritime challenges in Africa.

According to Zoe Maritime Resources Limited, the conference will have in attendance, the Minister of Marine and the Blue Economy, Adegboyega Oyetola; Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, José Abeso and the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Gulf of Guinea Commission based in Angola, Adenike Ukonga.

The convener of the program, Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, said after 50 years of its legislative existence, it was essential to see how Nigeria and Africa have followed through with this global commitment to keeping the marine environment clean and safe from pollution from ships.

Edodo-Emore said other issues to address include the disposal of wastewater and its effects on the logistics value chain, the insurance of oil tankers, risk management strategies for preventing pollution, and the tax responsibilities of international shipping companies.

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