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ANTWERP PORT SIGNS MoU WITH THE GAMBIA, TO EXPAND ITS PRESENCE IN AFRICA

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The Belgian Port of Antwerp is continuing to engage with other ports around the world signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Gambia Ports Authority to collaborate on training and consultancy.

The signing coincided with visit to the port by Gambian President Adama Barrow yesterday and took place after a guided tour of Antwerp port.

The signing was between Antwerp Port International (PAI) and APEC its maritime training centre and the Gambia Port Authority which manages the port of Banjul.

The port of Antwerp will play an advisory role, while the two sides will examine how the ports can collaborate even more closely in future, with training playing an important role.

The Port of Antwerp has nearly a 50% market share of calls be Northwest Europe and West Africa.

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“West Africa is a very important region for us, and it is our ambition to further strengthen our position there. A good example of this is the collaboration with Benin to modernise the port of Cotonou, which opted to entrust us with the whole management of the port for a limited period,” said Antwerp port alderman Marc Van Peel.

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Abdoulie Tambedou, md of Gambia Ports Authority, commented: “The port of Antwerp, where the synergy between maritime, logistics and industrial activities creates a unique platform, is an inspiring example for our own port of Banjul.

“We are most impressed with Antwerp and so are very pleased with this collaboration agreement that will allow us to call upon its expertise.”

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