The Management of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Guangzhou Port Authority (GPA), the largest comprehensive hub Port in Southern China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which would enhance efficient port operations.
The MoU which was signed last week at the ongoing maiden African Regional Conference of the International Association of Ports and Harbour (IAPH) at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja would strengthen communication and cooperation thereby enabling synergy and collaboration amongst the two ports authorities.
Guangzhou is the main transit Port of raw materials, energy supplies and foreign trade as well as the key support chain in Southern Region of China.
The agreement would also deepen infrastructural and Port Scientific Technological Developments including matters bordering on capacity building, efficient customer service delivery, administrative excellence and greater operational efficiency.
Other issues captured in the MoU would comprise, joint promotion of effective logistics in trade facilitation in order to enhance port capacity for the service of regional economic growth on non -committal basis with information sharing being the main pivot and foundation of all consultations.
The MoU would also prioritize the advancement of green port development and environmental protection such as energy saving and emission reduction.
It would uphold the establishment of an information exchange mechanism in order to enshrine new developments in Port operation with modern information technology driving the process is imbibed across board.
There are also the expectations of training programs exchange for management staff and technical specialists and other areas of expertise such as loading and uploading of machinery and equipment, electrical facilities, safety engineering and information technology applications.
The operation of the MoU is for duration of 2 years in the first instance from the date the parties appended signatures on mutual beneficiary basis renewable yearly.
The two parties would keep to confidentiality of information exchange, a requirement spelt out to remain valid even after the expiration, releasing or termination of the MoU.
In case of inability to perform any obligation as occasioned by the MoU, no party would be held responsible if the inability is caused by unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances which whether accidental or not, is beyond the control of man or any of the parties as a result of the aforementioned referred to as (FORCE MAJEURE)
The document would be terminated when any of the parties writes the other stating and giving 2 weeks notice or by way of the afore stated situation, “FORCE MAJEURE”.
Upon the dissolution of the MoU, the parties resolved to promptly and adequately settle disputes amicably.
The collaboration was borne out of distinctive desire of the parties at ensuring they attain competitive advantage prioritizing greater and efficient customer service amidst the tenets of best practices.
The Managing Director NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman endorsed on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while Deputy Director General, GPA, Yuan Yue (Ann) signed for the people’s Republic of China.
The event was witnessed by the Minister of Transportation,Hon. Rotimi Amaechi.