Amaechi To Lead Delegation To Norway Shipping Week

Minister of Transportation; Mr. Rotimi Amaechi is expected to lead a powerful delegation from Nigeria to the Norway Shipping Week holding later this year to showcase the abundant potentials inherent in the sector in Nigeria.This indication was dropped by the Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Dr. Dakuku Peterside 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.According to a statement sent to Shipping Position Daily yesterday by the NIMASA Deputy Director Public Relations, Mr. Isichie Osamgbi, the move is to attract foreign investors to tap into opportunities that abound in the Nigerian maritime industry.Dr. Peterside who noted that Nigeria has a very rich maritime heritage conformed that the Minister of Transportation; Mr Rotimi Amaechi will be in Norway for the event and also meet relevant maritime stakeholders at the side lines of the occasion.“The delegation, to be led by the Honourable 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”, he added.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 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.