SEA EMPOWERMENT AND THE AFRICAN INTEGRATED MARITIME STRATEGY FOR 2050 (AIM STRATEGY)

The African Union’s AIM strategy, properly called, Africa Integrated Maritime Strategy for 2050 (AIM Strategy of the AU) is an AU’s maritime vision, project or plan a board framework for the protection and sustainable exploitation of the African Maritime Domain for wealth creation. The strategy integrates an annexed plan of action for its operationalization and it is a frequently referenced capstone document for national and regional Africa maritime resource and security strategy.With its inestimable and priceless seat in the maritime industry, Sea Empowerment is a noble platform, a hub, a pivot and a takeoff board for promotion, enhancement and achievement of the maritime millennium goal of the Africa Union, and other international Conventions that Nigeria is a signatory to, including but not limited to:

  • IMO Conventions on Ballistic Water Management 2005- effective 2017. Revised-Adopted date 2020.
  • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Fishing Vessel Personnel (STCW-F), 1995.
  • Convention on International Customs Transit Procedures for the Carriage of Goods by Rail Under Cover of SMGS Consignment Notes, 09 Feb 2006.
  • International Convention for Safe Containers (CSC), 02 Dec 1972.
  • International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 13 Feb 2004.
  • International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL 1973) as modified by the Protocol 10978 relating thereto (MARPOL 73/78), 02 Nov 1973.
  • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS Convention), 01 Nov 1974.
  • International Convention on Arrest of Ship, 12 Mar 1999.
  • International Convention on Liability and Compensation for Damage in Connection with the Carriage of Hazardous and Noxious Substances by Sea (HNS Convention), 03 May 1996.
  • United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea, 11 Dec 2008.
  • United Nations Convection on Conditions for Registration of Ships, 07 Feb 1986.
  • United Nations Convention on International Multimodal Transport of Goods, 24 May 1980.
  • United Nations Convention on Carriage of Goods by Sea, 31 Mar 1978.
  • Convention Concerning International Carriage by Rail (COTIF), 09 May 1980.
  • Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules relating to International Carriage by Air (Warsaw Convention), 12 Oct 1929.
  • Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for Carriage by Air (Montreal Convention), 28 May 1999.
  • Convention on Compensation for Damage to Third Parties, Resulting from Acts of Unlawful Interference Involving Aircraft, 02 May 2009.
  • International Air Transport Agreement, 07 Dec 1944.
  • Uniform (Universal) Customs Practice (Procedures) 500.
  • Prompt attention shall be accorded to: Revised Kyoto Convention, Alusha Declarations, Uruguay Rounds, Geneva Conventions, all applicable International Treaties, Accords and Protocols governing the international trade environment and supply security chain.
RESEARCH

Research activities are the main stay of the Sea Empowerment. This is so, owing to the fact that, presently Research has become a major focus of Government across the world; Sea Empowerment is actively developing a research approach at the Board Level and Department. Research development, capacity building is a target area in Sea Empowerment Strategic plans. This position paper has been developed by the research units in response to the growing focus on research and empowerment, there are particular responsibilities the research department has to offer in supporting and fostering research and capacity building as well as in maximizing potential benefit to our World.

CAPACITY BUILDING

Research innovations cannot be compelled, forced or mandated; As such, Sea Empowerment is poised to setting specific innovation target that introduces the risk of innovating for innovations sake. Potentially fostering ill-conceived or inadequately developed ideas. Research can however be nurtured and facilitated. In this regards, exploring ideas will be endless, hence, involving prompt cross fertilization of ideas/intellectualism.

FOCUS ON PEOPLE

The most fundamental drivers of research works and innovations are the skills, Knowledge and attitude of the work force. Fundamentally, it is people who innovates not organizations, people and talent make innovations happen (Cutler 2008). Encouraging innovation in our society requires a focus in human Capital and talent development, these are areas that Sea Empowerment have come to fill the gap, not only building people who have a grounding in transport discipline but also sufficient knowledge and flexibility to embrace the potentials in the Maritime World.

COLLABORATIONS

Relationships of trust are also key features in organizational culture which foster development, complex and social problems are likely to be solved only through intense and open collaboration between many participants. Sea Empowerment will invest in channels and processes of communication and knowledge management, access to knowledge information flow with organizations as international Maritime organization (IMO), International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigeria shippers Council (NSC), Nigeria Inland Water Way Authority (NIWWA), Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), Nigeria Custom Service (NCS), Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and other International bodies.