Repositioning African seaports for hinterland connectivity — Business — The Guardian Nigeria Newspaper – Nigeria an…

[FILE PHOTO] Managing Director of NPA, Hadiza Bala-Usman

Seaports are major facilitators of trade, and often described as the engine of economic growth. They are also major generators of employment. The critical socio-economic and strategic importance of ports is even more pronounced in Africa, where over 60 per cent of the government’s revenue is generated through Customs duty and taxes.

However, the efficiency of seaports is not guaranteed until there is easy movement of cargoes in and out of the ports, which turns out to be a clog in the wheel of progressive in ports system in Nigeria, and indeed Africa as a whole.

The final destination of import cargoes or the origin of export cargoes passing through a port is what is generally referred to as the port’s hinterland.

The African…

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