Shippers’ Council Chief: 90% of Port Processes Now Automated

Shippers’ Council Chief: 90% of Port Processes Now AutomatedStreamlining Port Processes: A Leap Towards EfficiencyIn today’s fast-paced world of trade and commerce, efficiency is the name of the game. Recently, Pius Akutah, the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), shared a significant milestone: approximately 90% of port processes in Nigeria have now been automated. This marks a pivotal moment in the country’s maritime sector, signaling a move towards smoother operations and enhanced trade facilitation.Akutah emphasized the Council’s unwavering commitment to advocating for the automation of port operations and processes. He highlighted that the automation initiative aligns seamlessly with the NSC’s mandate of ensuring port efficiency, safety, cargo security, cost reduction, and overall ease of doing business.During a recent visit to Lagos by a team from the World Bank and the Nigerian Trade Facilitation Committee, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Doris Nkiruka Uzoka, expressed the government’s dedication to streamlining trade processes. The aim of the visit was to provide the World Bank team with insights into daily operations, inspection processes, and trade bottlenecks. This collaborative effort seeks to identify policy options that will further enhance trade facilitation and make it seamless for all stakeholders involved.The move towards automation not only streamlines processes but also enhances transparency and reduces the likelihood of human error. With the majority of port operations now automated, stakeholders can expect quicker turnaround times, reduced paperwork, and ultimately, lower costs associated with trade.As Nigeria continues to position itself as a key player in the global trade arena, initiatives such as these underscore its commitment to fostering a business-friendly environment. By embracing automation and modernizing port operations, the country is laying the groundwork for increased competitiveness and sustained economic growth.In conclusion, the automation of port processes in Nigeria represents a significant step forward in the quest for efficiency and effectiveness in trade facilitation. With the support of stakeholders, government agencies, and international partners, the country is well-positioned to capitalize on these advancements and unlock new opportunities for growth and development in the maritime sector.

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