The 4th edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Maritime conference will hold on Friday, September 13, 2019,at the J. F. Ade Ajayi Auditorium, University of Lagos.
The conference, held in honour of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice-Chairman, SIFAX Group, is an initiative of the Maritime Forum, University of Lagos and SIFAX Group.
Olasupo Shasore, SAN, former Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Lagos State from 2007- 2011 and Partner, African Law Practice, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria will deliver the keynote address at the conference.
Mr. Shasore will lead other eminent maritime industry leaders, legal experts, academics and university students drawn from about ten institutions to discuss on the theme “Innovations and Practical Reforms Towards Sustainable Growth in Nigeria’s Maritime Sector”.
Other discussants expected at the event include Major Henry Ajetunmobi, Vice President, Nigerian Ports Consultative Council; Adetola Bucknor Taiwo- Partner, Paul Usoro & Co., Rollens McFoy, Executive Director, Operations, Oceandeep Services; Prince Olayiwola Shittu, former President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents; Hassan Bello, Executive Secretary/CEO, Nigeria Shippers’ Council; Ms Hadiza Bala Usman, Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority among others.
While speaking on the forthcoming event, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, said the need to deepen discourse around topical issues in the country’s maritime industry, as well as proffering practical solutions to them gave birth to the conference.
He said: “The fourth edition of the conference would dwell on issues bordering on innovations and practical reforms needed towards the sustainability of growth in the country’s maritime sector. We are at a point where the country’s maritime sector needs a consistent and sustained growth. To achieve this, we need to invest in innovations and more reforms. The sector’s reform in 2006 which gave birth to the concessioning of the port has yielded great gains for Nigeria. Infact the concessioning has served as a model for many other African countries. Now that we have seen the fruits of concessioning, we need to embark on more aggressive reforms and innovations that will make the maritime sector the major earner for the government.
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“Distinguished experts have been invited as speakers to provide practical insights into various innovations and reforms we can embark on to achieve the maritime sector of our dreams. I look forward to the useful insights based on years of industry experience that they will bring to the conference. I am convinced that such insights would be useful to the industry, the government and participants.”
On his part, Mr. Gbenga Akinlade, President, Maritime Forum, said the conference would be beneficial both to the industry and the students due to its objective of being an avenue to stimulate intellectual discussions between maritime experts and the university community, especially students with interest in the maritime industry, on contemporary issues in the industry, both locally and internationally.