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Final Communique of the Executive Seminar on Single Windows (SW) and Port Community Systems
Mon 14th Aug, 2017
03:29 GMT
Cotonou, Benin

With the approval of the enlarged board of directors of the association, PMAWCA Secretariat and the Cotonou Ports Community co- organized a high level seminar on single windows and port community systems at the hotel AZALAI in Cotonou, from the 24th – 26th of July 2017. 14 member countries, shipper’s councils and experts from Asia, Europe and various organisations participated in the seminar.

The success of this seminar cannot be overemphasised as 85 delegates, 4 Managing Directors, deputies and a representative of the Nigeria Minister of transport were all part of it.

The opening ceremony was chaired by a representative of the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure (Benin). The seminar lasted 3 days during which different themes were discussed.
Day 1: Elaborated conditions, experiences and world standards for the successful implementation and management of single windows and port community systems. The speakers were, one of the vice presidents of African Association for Electronic Commerce (AAEC), 3 experts from SOGET (France), whilst Congo (Congo Single Window) and Gabon (GSEZ Olam) shared their experiences.

Day 2: Witnessed discussions on practical experiences of single windows in west and central Africa and Singapore. The managing director of Crimson Logic Ltd (Singapore) opened this session and was followed by Benin Single Window (Benin), Togo Single Window (Togo), West-Blue (Ghana) and Cameroun Single Window (Cameroun).

Day 3: Presentations of complementary solutions for the establishment and adaption of geographical constraints of single windows and port community system.  3 stakeholders offered their solutions (African Consulting Leaders ACL Togo, Link International Holding Ltd Ghana and Gyptis, Marseille-France). 

This final day was rounded up with a visit to the port of Cotonou and Benin Single Window.

As mentioned at the beginning of this press release, this high level seminar fulfilled its promise by sharing of experiences from different countries and port authorities. Participants left content and equipped with solutions to different single windows business ventures (PPP 100%, 100% public).

Recommendations were made and will be sent to port authorities and managements. The closing ceremony was chaired by the representative of the Minister of Transport (Benin) and the PMAWCA Secretary General read his closing speech. 

Click below link for the final communique.

Final Communique of the Seminar