Port User Conference: “Integrity in the International Trade Eco-system: A Value Chain Stakeholder Approach”

The second Port User Conference held in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, focusing on the country’s Eastern Ports brought together key government officials, local business representatives, MACN members, and civil society. The conference focused on the roles of each stakeholder and of the Integrity Alliance in strengthening and sustaining compliance with SOPs while regulatory challenges continue to constrain the ease of doing business. The event provided a platform for port users to discuss the gaps in compliance with SOPs and the Nigerian Ports Process Manual, including challenges in cargo clearance processes.

The National Coordinator of the Port Standing Task Team (PSTT), Mr. Moses Fadipe, said “We must listen attentively to the concerns and challenges faced by industry players, seeking to understand their needs and aspirations. Likewise, the private sector must actively participate in compliance efforts, demonstrating a commitment to ethical business practices and a shared vision of integrity.”