The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) will soon complete modalities for implementing paperless documentation of clearance of all imports as a means of accelerating trade facilitation in the economy, the Authorityâ€™s Managing Director, Malam AbdulSalam Mohammed, has said.
Speaking at a reception for a delegation of the European Union Economic and Trade Councilors, led by Beki Calvo, the NPA boss noted that the Authority is working out a blueprint on the implementation of the Assycuda++ policy amongst stakeholders.
A press statement signed by the Musa Iliya, Head of Public Affairs of the Authority noted that Mohammed explained that the provisions of Assycuda++ if fully implement amongst stakeholders would go a long way to solving some of the problems militating against trade facilitation at the nationâ€™s seaports.
The NPA helmsman, who gave a detail analysis of the evolution of the NPA to its present structure and responsibility, explained that the present concession regime has improved the service delivery in the nationâ€™s seaport, both operationally and in terms of Cargo throughput.
He called for greater cooperation between the EU and the NPA in the area of infrastructural development, finance and manpower training, pointing out that a good working relationship between the two parties would be most beneficial to the organization in order to improve its service delivery.
In her response, the leader of the delegation Beki Calvo had expressed the desire of E.U. to collaborate with NPA in particular and ECOWAS at large in the area of transport and trade facilitation.
Belki Calvo said that the EU was basically interested in trade policies, Customs regulations and trade facilitation and in so doing, address European business concerns with particular reference to cargo throughput and vessels turnaround time.
She added that the EU hope to help European business men to reduce the cost of doing business in Nigeria, and also hope that the organization can achieve a reduced cost and time of clearance of cargo in the ports.