Nigeria to showcase maritime potentials in Norway

*Dr. Dakuku Peterside flanked by the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Ronny Berg and the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jens-Peter Kjemprud.

Kunle Kalejaye

29 March 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos — The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA would be showcasing the potentials of the Nigerian Maritime Sector at the Norway Shipping week that would hold later this year.

This initiative is part of measures to attract foreign investors to tap into opportunities that abound in the Nigerian maritime industry.

The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Dakuku Peterside made this known when the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry, and Fisheries, Mr. Ronny Berg and the Norwegian Ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jens-Peter Kjemprud paid a courtesy visit to the NIMASA Headquarters in Lagos recently.

Dr. Peterside who noted that Nigeria has a very rich maritime heritage said that the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi would be leading a delegation from Nigeria to grace the event and meet relevant maritime stakeholders on the sidelines of the occasion in Norway.

In his words “The delegation, to be led by the Minister of Transportation will be holding series of meetings with maritime stakeholders during the Norway shipping week to discuss available opportunities in the Nigerian maritime industry”.

In response to the DG’s comments, the Norwegian Deputy Minister of Trade said that Nigeria is Norway’s biggest trade partner on the continent of Africa hence the need to strengthen the ties through cooperation and collaboration.

According to the Norwegian Deputy Minister, “Norway has had trade ties with Nigeria since the 1890s when stock fish from Norway was shipped into Nigeria. Norwegians have an interest in investing in Nigeria especially the maritime sector and we are willing to support NIMASA in delivering a safe maritime economy”, he said.

In its quest to advance the economic interest of the Nigerian maritime sector geared towards making it a world class standard, the DG of NIMASA since assumption of office has continued to seek collaborations both locally and internationally, with positive results.

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