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Introduction

The Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA) is a sub-regional intergovernmental economic organisation, made up of twenty two regular member Ports and Nine Associate members including landlocked Countries and Maritime Organisations, all located along the West Coast of the Africa Continent Stretching from Mauritania to Angola.

The Association was established during the historic inaugural Assembly of October 1972 in Freetown (Sierra Leone) by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

PMAWCA is a specialised organ of the Maritime organisation for West and Central Africa (MOWCA). The first statutes were signed by the representative of Nine (9) member ports and the Secretary General of ECA.


Objectives

  1. Contribute towards the improvement, coordination and harmonization of port and harbor activities, services and infrastructure in the West and Central African sub region so as to increase the effectiveness of their services to ships and other means of transportation;
  2. Help , in relationship with similar Port Organisations or concerned Governments, to strengthen cooperation among member Ports, in a manner that will encourage the development of their activities,
  3. Establish and maintain relationship with transport enterprises, institutions, associations, Governmental or international Organisations in order to have a closer look at problems facing the members;
  4. Establish a forum for the exchange of ideas among member Ports to freely discuss their common problems, so as to contribute to regional integration.

Membership

PMAWCA is made up of twenty two (22) regular member Ports and Nine (9) associate members including landlocked Countries and Maritime Organisations, all located along the West Coast of the Africa Continent Stretching from Mauritania to Angola covering a coast line of about 9,400km on the Atlantic Ocean. It also has observer members located in Europe. These memberships comprise of Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Speaking Countries thus, PMAWCA's official languages are English, French and Portuguese.