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INAUGURATION OF THE BOARD OF GHANA CHAMBER OF SHIPPING

BOARD OF GHANA CHAMBER OF SHIPPING

The Ghana Maritime Industry today inaugurated 10 board members to supervise the affairs of shipping industry in Ghana. The names of the board members as follows:

  1. ALHAJI ASOMA BANDA (life patron)
  2. BEN OWUSU MENSAH, FCILT (chairman)
  3. Capt. AARON TURKSON (vice chairman)
  4. Dr. KOFI MBIAH, FCILT,MCIArb (CEO)
  5. HAMMED RASHID TUNDE ALI
  6. NII ARMAH ASHIETEY
  7. JEMILAT JAWULAA MAHAMAH
  8. NII KOMIETEH BOTCHWAY
  9. GORDON ANIM
  10. ALEX G. BUABENG.

Mr. Ben Owusu Mensah who chaired the program in his speech emphasized that, "I feel honored to be standing here as the 1st Chairman of our august Chamber, at the inaugural function, at this beautiful Conference Centre. As I stand here talking before you, I still remember that afternoon in June 2017 when I decided to pay Alhaji Banda, the doyen of Ghana shipping, one of my usual visit to his office to discuss issues of common interest in the maritime Industry. Alhaji brought a subject which was topical that week in the industry and as we discussed something came up simultaneously from our heads, and  he quoted, "why don't we from an association or a forum to allow specialist in the industry discuss issues and Mark a professional contribution to issues that crop up in the industry." Before I left Amtrak House, Alhaji's office, that day, the Ghana Chamber of Shipping was born. The following day, from my office at Community 20 Tema invitation telephone were placed to 9 selected few who ended up as the members of the 1st Executive Council of the Chamber. Capt. 

Aaron Turkson, Immediate past rector of the Regional Maritime University, Dr. Kofi Mbiah, Immediate past Chief Executive officer of Ghana Shippers' Authority,Hon.Nii Armah Asietey, former secretary General of the Ghana Merchant Navy Officeers' Association, and a former Minister of State, Mr. Gordon Anim, former Director of port, Tema port, Ghana ports and Harbours Authority, Nii Komieteh Botchway, former Managing Director of Ghana Dock labour Company and former Commercial manager of the Volta Lake Transport, Akosombo, Mr.  Handed Rashid Tunde Ali, former Managing Director of Tema Drydock Company, Mr. Alex G. Buabeng, a Consultant to the International maritime Organization and a former solicitor secretary of Black Star Line, and a Senior Lecture in Maritime Insurance and International Law, Mr. Magnus Teye Addico, the Immediate past Secretary General of the Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa, and Mrs. Jemilat Jawulaa Mahamah, immediate past Ghana Representative at the International Maritime Organization, in London, Each one of these lady and gentlemen was more than happy to be no board and even felt the establishment of the Chamber is long over due."

Mr. Kofi Mbiah who is the CEO also stated that, the Ghana Chamber of Shipping is a not -for -profit trade association established in 2017 to work as a specialized Think Tank for the enhancement of the Maritime Industry in Ghana. It is a firm belief of the proponents of the Ghana Chamber of Shipping that those who for one reason or the other leave the formal sector of the maritime Industry still have a lot to offer by way of their knowledge and expertise and that vast repertoire of knowledge should be brought to bear on the development of the industry. Indeed,this amply reflected in the calibre of the members of the Ghana Chamber of Shipping. The menace of maritime fraud in complicated maritime cyber crime looms large. Are we facing a threat of maritime sakawa? We could be faced with untold disaster in the worst places at the worst moments. The recent efforts of powering ship with renewable energy holds prospects for emerging economies. How do we position ourselves to take advantage of these emerging technologies?"

The Minister for Road and Transport Hon. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah,made it cleared that, "This is  very dynamic industry, where significant changes take place by the day. As a dynamic industry, the formation of the Chamber to discuss and help find solution to issue in the industry is thus welcome. You will agree with me that, the dynamic nature of the maritime Industry call for a constant review of existing policies and the refashioning of same to keep pace with the ever  changing trends and developments. Therefore your coming into being is timely and much will be expected from you.

Again, As a government, if we must realize our avowed ambition of Ghana Beyond Aid, it will require more than an ordinary contribution from the maritime trade to the Gross Domestic Product of the country. It will also require the harnessing and utilization of all our potential human, material,artificial and virtual resources and as a specialized think tank, you have vital role to play. In recent times, our port environment have become a safe place for many vessels to dock and wait for their turn before calling at their ports. The safe haven provided to ships by our ports should not be taken for granted. Recently, two tankers have been hijacked by pirates along the coasts of Togo and Benin,we must continue to be vigilant and ensure that the measures we have put in place to curb this menace are constantly updated to keep pace with this threat."

Source: www.Omytv.net | Kofi Dwumah

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