The Federal Government has urged West and Central African countries to foster collaboration for the successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
During the closing ceremony of the 43rd Council and 18th Managing Directors’ Roundtable of the Port Management Association of West & Central Africa in Lagos, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, emphasized the importance of collective action for the success of AfCFTA.
Ajani stressed the potential of a united Africa, expressing that achieving “One Africa” is feasible if all participating countries work together. She stated, “We can only make collective progress when we work together to continue sharing experiences and best practices among ourselves. If you want to go fast, go alone; but if you want to go far, go together.”
Encouraging participants to translate discussions into actionable plans, Ajani assured them that Nigeria, under the administration of President Bola Tinubu, would prioritize the development of the maritime sector.
“In the interest of Nigeria’s strategic interests and our common economic goals as a region with similar challenges and aspirations, the administration will continue to prioritize the development of the maritime sector,” she affirmed.
Addressing the interconnectedness of West and Central African countries, Mr. Mohammed Bello-Koko, the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, stated, “Our geographical reality of interconnectedness and interdependence makes cooperation a necessary precondition for the collective advancement of our Ports.”