ePMAESA Newsletter January-February 2012

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ePMAESA Newsletter January-February 2012

Issue No. 1/2012 (Jan-Feb)Tau Pledges toReinvigorate PMAESAMr. MorweMr. Uirab Mrs. Ramsaha Mr. Kemar. Tau Morwe, has pledged to restructure and Khomotoso Phihlela after the later, was appointed the newreenergize Port Management Association for Transnet Group Executive Commercial Division.Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) during his The chairman appointed a three man committee to spear-Mtenure as the chairman of the regional ports Association. head the Association's restructuring programme. TheMr. Morwe, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of South committee is comprised of Mr. Bisey Uirab, PMAESA's 1stAfrica's Transnet National Ports Authority stressed on the Vice Chairman and CEO Namibia Ports Authority, Mr. Davidneed for the Association to focus on professionalism,kema, the 2nd Vice Chairman and the director of Ministry ofdelivery of service, corporate governance for an efficient Transport and Communication, Zambia and Mrs. Arunadelivery of services and benefits to the members.Bunwaree Ramsaha, the Deputy General Manager, Mauritius“When we are seen to be doing what we set out to do in the Ports Authority.founding document, then member states will feel they are He requested the team to report their findings and recomderivingsome sort of benefits from the Association,” he said mendations during the next Board meeting due for earlyin reference to claims of waning commitment on the part of 2012 in South Africa.some member states.(Read the full interview with Mr. Morwe in the March EditionMr. Morwe, who took over the chairmanship of theof Our Ports magazine)Association early last year from his compatriot Mr.


EU to Help Combat Piracyhe European Union is planning a 25 Million Europrogramme for a Regional Maritime Security (MASE)for the Eastern and Southern African and IndianTOcean region to stem cases of security challenges posed bypiracy.This was agreed at a joint Regional Economic Commissions(RECs) meeting in Seychelles held as a follow up to thesecond High Level Regional Ministerial Meeting on Piracyand for Promoting Maritime Security held in Mauritius inOctober 2010.Mr. Jerome Ntibarekerwa, Secretary General of PortManagement Association of Eastern and Southern Africa(PMAESA) attended the Seychelles meeting, that broughttogether Inter-governmental Authority on Development(IGAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa(COMESA), East African Community ( EAC) and Indian OceanCommission (IOC) an inter-governmental organisationgrouping Comoros, Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion (France)and Seychelles.The meeting agreed on a Regional Action Plan to beimplemented by the approved 25 million Euros MaritimeSecurity strategy project. The duration of the project is forfive years with the operational phase starting mid 2012, justafter the end period of implementation of the MASE start upprojects.The project will be operated jointly by the four RECs above.A close collaboration will be developed with the PortManagement Association of Eastern and Southern Africa(PMAESA) and the Djibouti Code of Conduct Concerning theRepression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against Shipsunder the International Maritime Organisation, the EasternAfrica Stand-by Force (EASF) maritime cell and the UNSecurity Council Group against Piracy off the Coast ofSomalia.Port Planning Workshop to facilitatePort Investmentn inaugural Port Planning development of the integration constraints facing the African Portsworkshop was recently held in agenda. There were six presentations and try to resolve the issues by givingSwakopmund, Namibia to from PMAESA, Port Authorities and recommendations for developmentAassess challenges facing African ports SADC. process, while ensuring that thewith a view fast tracking investment The presenters gave briefs on the development cooperation benefits allwithin the port industry. challenges and development the ports in the region.The meeting which was the brainchild programmes for the ports. Mr. Jerome Ntibarekerwa the Secretaryof PMAESA Chairman Mr. Tau Morwe, Mr. Morwe, who presided over the General of PMAESA, underscored thewas convened to engage the Chief meeting in his opening remarks, stated need for common understanding inExecutive Officers and high-level that “pursuant to the decision taken in port planning so that the ports canrepresentatives from the Regional Mombasa during the Port Operations contribute into the regional integra-Economic Communities (RECs) in an and Transit Facilitation Committee tion agenda. Noting that this was theopen and interactive dialogue on the Meeting on 19th October 2011 first step after the Mombasa resolurolesthat the different ports in the arrangements for the workshop to be tion, the participants in the workshopregion can play in contributing to held immediately after the PMAESA should be able to forge a way forwardeffective regional agenda. Annual Conference were made”. that would lead to the issues beingIt was the first workshop intended to The purpose of the meeting was to tabled to the African Union Leaders forkickoff a series of meetings that will look at how the ports compete in light implementation.focus on the critical role of guiding of the challenges, obstacles and

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