African Ministers for Marine Transport from 20 countries met in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, this week to discuss joint strategy in dealing with foreign shipping companies.
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Background: African Ministers for Marine Transport from 20 countries met in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, this week to discuss joint strategy in dealing with foreign shipping companies.
The delegates felt that it was necessary to form - hopefully & regional - but at least national associations to bargain collectively for better deals from overseas shipping companies.
They cited the examples of Ivory Coast and Ghana where local shipping councils -- formed by major exporters and importers with government backing -- have recently managed to secure reductions in freight charges.
The delegates alleged that the present arrangements with shipping companies favoured industrialised countries more than developing countries like African nations.
They claimed that the structure of charges was such that it worked out proportionately cheaper for developed countries.
The meeting which began on Monday (5 May) and ended on Wednesday, was attended by observers from several European countries and representatives from international maritime groups.