The Association of African Maritime Administration (AAMA), is the coordinating body for Maritime Administrations in Africa, established pursuant to Article 5 of the African Maritime Transport Charter (AMTC).
The Association is made up of five (5) African stakeholders’ group namely:
1. The Association of African Maritime Administrations
2. Africa Ship Registrars’ Forum
3. African Ship Owners’ Associations
4. Africa Shippers’ Council and all Cargo Interest
5. Seafarers’ Forum
Responding to Africa’s insignificant share of global investments in the maritime sector despite her significant contribution to global maritime traffic and the revived aspiration for a strategic take-off as noted in the African Maritime Transport Charter, it became necessary to facilitate a forum to bring together like minded Agencies and Associations to discuss Africa’s maritime governance amongst other pertinent issues.
The first formal Heads of Maritime Administrations and Ship Registers Conference took place in Mombasa, Kenya from October 3rd to 5th, 2012. The Conference was attended by 16 African countries with representatives from the African Maritime Policy Advisory Centre (AMPAC), Inter-Governmental Standing Committee on Shipping (ISCOS), Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), African Ship-Owners Association (ASOS), Kenya Shippers Council (KSC), Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA), Container Freight Station (CFS) and Northern Corridor Transit Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA).
The 2nd Conference of Heads of African Maritime Administrations took place in Sandton, South Africa from October 22nd to 23rd, 2013. Much like the first Conference, it was attended by various African countries alongside Shipowners Associations and International bodies.
On October 15 2016, in Lomé, Togo, an extraordinary session of the Assembly of African Heads of State and Government, adopted a Charter on Maritime Security, Safety and Developemnt in Africa.
The adoption of the Lomé Charter provides a means for signatories to commit to taking specific, measurable actions to promote the Africa-wide development of a sustainable blue economy, underpinned by good maritime security and efficient maritime law enforcement. Both the Revised African Maritime Transport Charter (Revised AMTC) of 2010 and the 2050 African Union’s Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM Stratgey), give broad-brush outlines of where African States should be heading.