Nigeria’s president calls for greater African port spending

Nigeria’s president calls for greater African port spending

The president of Nigeria has urged African nations to bolster port infrastructure. Muhammadu Buhari gave the opening speech yesterday at the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) first regional conference on African soil.

Hosted by Nigerian Ports Authority at the Nigerian capital Abuja, the event looked at African ports and their hinterlands

“I want to implore participants at the conference to see themselves as people opportuned to stand in positions of responsibility on behalf of Africa,” the Nigerian president said. He emphasised that interconnectivity would improve African countries’ economic competitiveness and that the maritime sector was central to facilitation of trade and total integration of Africa for development.

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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