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The 3rd Conference of The Association of Heads of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA)

In keeping with the International Maritime Organization’s policy in assisting and enhancing the capacity of Maritime Administrations in Africa in the adherence and implementation of IMO instruments, the Organization, in collaboration with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency is organizing the 3rd conference of the Association of African Maritime Administrations.

Against the backdrop of the key resolutions and decision of the 2nd Heads of African Maritime Administration Conference held in Sandton, South Africa in October 2013, was the convening of a 3rd AAMA Conference in 2014. The designated host, Nigeria, at the time, was unable to host the 3rd conference in 2014. With the new leadership in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the proposal to host the 3rd conference was reactivated and 20th to 21st April 2017 was set as the date for the 3rd conference scheduled to hold at the Transcorp Hilton hotel, Abuja, Nigeria.

This crucial 3rd AAMA Conferences is set to draw a roadmap for the future sustainable work plans of the Association. It is therefore imperative that all Heads of Maritime Administrations in Africa attend this important conference. The Nigerian Government is set to host Africa!

THE 3rd AAMA Conference Theme:

Sustainable Use of Africa's Oceans and Seas

The theme is against the backdrop of the African Union declaration of the year 2015-2025 as the Decade of African Seas and Oceans. Consequently, 25th July was declared as Africa’s Day of the Seas and Oceans being the date of the official launch of the 2050 Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy (2050 AIM Strategy). The first celebration of Africa’s Day of the Seas and Oceans, took place at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 25th July 2015 and was simultaneously observed by several Maritime Administrations in Africa.

In line with the United Nations 2030 agenda and the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, it is imperative that the Association be seen to be aligned with such aspirations through the member maritime administrations.

Expected Outcomes

    1. Adoption of resolutions on the institutionalization of July 25th of every year as Africa’s Day of the Seas and Oceans

    2. Finalization and adoption of AAMA Constitution

    3. Resolution on member State to ratify, domesticate and implement relevant international maritime treaties

    4. Commitment on best practices on Port State and Flag State responsibilities

    5. Resolution on collaborative efforts in the training of Cadets

    6. Determine the role of Regulatory Agencies and Facilitation of Maritime Trade

    7. Election of substantive chair of AAMA

    8. Frequency on the holding of conferences

    9. Host for the next conference

It is expected that all Maritime Administrations in Africa will attend this crucial 3rd conference, which is intended to set the agenda for African maritime activities for the next biennium.

The AMAA conference is organized by: NIMASA & IMO