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Investing in Africa’s future

Published on: 30-Nov--0001

The Dutch maritime sector has partnered up, together with African governments and companies, with the aim to achieve the sustainable and longterm development of Africa’s main ports.

The significant economic development of Africa creates numerous challenges for its maritime infrastructure and logistics, such as capacity issues, access routes, and administrative processes. At the same time, ports and infrastructure are instrumental for economic development. The needs to expand the infrastructure of ports and hinterland connections, to develop human capital, to improve op - erational practices, and to increase logistical capacity, are of great importance to sustain the rapid growth of African economies.

This requires an integral approach of the different aspects of port development, including port management, development and in - frastructure, transport and logistics, and human capital develop - ment, linked to related sectors in the hinterland, coast and urban development. Social and natural capital, a long term approach and human capital development are key aspects, as is working togeth - er and sharing knowledge, amongst the public and private sector and amongst countries. With such an approach, Africa’s ports will grow even further, in an integral and sustainable manner.

This approach is promoted by the Port Development Partnership Africa-Netherlands (PDP), which NABC effectively coordinates since 2013. The PDP is a collaboration of 18 Dutch companies, knowledge institutes and the Dutch Embassy in Accra, which strives to create mutually beneficial relationships with African partners. The ex - perience of the Dutch maritime sector in opening up connections to their hinterlands and their expertise in arranging operational processes, have led to highly developed ports and trade corridors and is now put to use in Africa.

The Dutch maritime sector aims to maintain and strengthen its partnership with its African partners to achieve the sustainable and long-term development of Africa’s main ports.

Human capital development in Ghana 
The PDP promotes knowledge transfer as it enlarges and embeds human capital, resulting in more efficient, safer, cost ef - fective and sustainable port and terminal operations. In this light it organized, in collaboration with the Ghana Port and Harbours Authority (GPHA), a unique sem - inar on Sustainable Port Development in Ghana, in June 2014. During this seminar a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between GPHA and STC B.V., in the presence of the Dutch Minister for Foreign

Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, for the establishment of a Port Training Institute in Tema. 
For more information, please contact Boukje van Turenhout at +31 (0)70 3043618


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