In line with the Association’s reform agenda to build a new, visible, relevant and strengthened PMAWCA, the Secretariat has since the last quarter of 2012 received proposals for partnership from the following renowned international technical organizations:
- Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI), Israel
This Institute is a renowned centre of excellence offering training in various fields including ports management and operations. GIMI has offered to collaborate with PMAWCA to conduct training both it Israel and in Africa. The Institute, which has expertise to conduct training in all the three working languages of PMAWCA as well as Spanish has also offered to assist PMAWCA to undertake needs assessment among member ports in any aspect of port activities.
- Grand Port Maritime du Havre (GPMH), Le Havre Port (France)
Technical Consultancy support to PMAWCA ports, including the port and maritime security for the effective implementation of the ISPS Code and ISO 28000 relating to the management of port security, as well as other capacity-building activities. The GPMH thus offers advice and free consultations, exception of travel expenses and accommodation are the responsibility of the granted port. However, if the request is for a seminar or a workshop or further study, other cost modalities should be developed (number of participants, duration of the activity etc …)
- African Maritime Safety and Security Agency (AMSSA)
The partnership proposal by AMSSA seeks PMAWCA as part of a multi-stakeholder cooperation to share technical knowledge and information in order to significantly reduce threats to maritime security and safety within the energy and maritime sectors that are operational within the gulf of Guinea. The Secretariat would collaborate with AMSSA as appropriate and provide feedback as and when necessary.
- Ports Environment Network for Africa (PENAf)
This is a regional Non Governmental Organization based in Ghana, which seeks to conduct research, produce findings and champion advocacy and capacity building for effective environment management in Africa’s ports. In pursuit of this objective, PENAf is seeking partnership with PMAWCA to seek funding for research and the conduct of capacity building workshops for the benefit of member ports and their communities. PENAf and PMAWCA had earlier collaborated to convene the first Port Environment Managers workshop in 2009 following which a policy document was developed.The NGO has also obtained support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which convened an Experts meeting to which PMAWCA was invited in October 2013 to first assess the needs of African ports in terms of environmental policies. The Secretariat would seek to reinforce this partnership with PENAf in view of the importance of environmental quality to the operations of ports.
- Borderless Alliance
This a collaboration organization developed by Publicis Ghana for the USAID West Africa Trade Hub and public and private sector stakeholders including ECOWAS, UEMOA, USAID, the World Bank and the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization among others. Its main objective is to foster change by bringing to light trade inefficiencies throughout the region so that effective measures could be taken to eliminate or minimize such inefficiencies to facilitate trade and development.Borderless Alliance is seeking partnership with PMAWCA in the collection of a set of data that allow the creation of a centralized system, which will allow the benchmarking of West African ports and performance monitoring, in order to assist decision-makers in taking appropriate action to enhance their maritime transport and trade flows. The Secretariat intends to support this initiative as its outcome would be of immense benefit to the Association.
- SOGET and SEFACIL
These are two renowned industry technical institutions on the subject of single window based in Le Havre (France). They are partnering with PMAWCA to build capacity in port community systems as critical platforms for trade facilitation through, fast, efficient and seamless port cargo clearance.