Maritime Anti-Corruption Network turns its attention to India

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network turns its attention to India

Having carried out similar campaigns in places such as Nigeria and the Suez Canal, the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) is now turning its attention to India.

The global business network led by Cecilia Müller Torbrand has this month launched a port integrity campaign in India.

The campaign, which aims to reduce and in the long term eliminate integrity issues and bottlenecks to trade during operations in Indian ports, is a collective action of MACN, the government of India, international organisations, and local industry stakeholders. The pilot of the campaign will take place in Mumbai’s main ports and will run until October this year.

The main activities of the campaign include implementation of integrity training for port officials and the establishment of clear escalation and reporting processes. Following the pilot, MACN plans to expand the program to other Indian ports.

“MACN’s experiences in locations including Nigeria, the Suez Canal, and Argentina show us that real change is possible when all parties are engaged,” said Torbrand, MACN’s executive director.

India’s Ministry of Shipping said in a statement: “We are committed to ensuring that vessels calling port in India do not face unnecessary obstacles or illicit demands. Tackling these issues is good for the shipping industry, for port workers, and for India as a trade destination. We are pleased to be joining forces with MACN and other stakeholders to implement concrete actions with the potential for real impact.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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    William D Goodrich
    July 10, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I work in Nigeria and I have seen nothing change.. It has in fact gotten worse in recent years as the country continues downhill.