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StigΔ keynote speaker at Africa’s Maritime Indaba

30 January 2014

In October 2013, StigΔ delivered a keynote speech at Africa’s Maritime Indaba conference in Johannesburg.

StigΔ partner Onno Roelofs acted as keynote speaker on port management and development as done in the Port of Rotterdam. Given the strategic importance of the maritime sector to Africa’s overall growth and development, the conference was aptly opened by Her Excellency, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union:

Best practice insights
Together with key experts in the sector, the conference provided unprecedented opportunities for both business and public sector leaders to gain best practice insights and network with global maritime professionals, thought leaders and decision makers.

Ships main conveyor of Africa’s traded goods
Africa’s share of world trade is around 3 percent. The continent’s prospects for economic growth and development are inextricably linked with the ability to increase its global trade through enhancing its competitiveness and transporting African goods to the market.

With over 90 percent of Africa’s imports and exports conducted by sea, ships are the main conveyer of Africa’s traded goods. The maritime industry, therefore, represents the key strategic apparatus to increase Africa’s trade as well as to drive economic development both directly and indirectly.

The Indaba was hosted on 24 and 25 October 2013 by the Khumo Group, with support of the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).