Maritime Organization of West and Central Africa (MOWCA)

Organisation Maritime de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre (OMAOC)
Organização Maritima da Africa do Oeste e do Centro (OMAOC)

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1975-05-05 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire


5-7 May 1975, Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), as Ministerial Conference of West and Central African States on Maritime Transport (MINCONMAR) - Conférence ministérielle des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre sur les transports maritimes (CMEAOC), at a meeting of Plenipotentiary Ministers and Representatives of 17 countries, by the adoption of a Maritime Transport Charter for West and Central Africa -- Charte des transports maritimes en Afrique de l'Ouest et du Centre, commonly referred to as Abidjan Charter -- Charte d'Abidjan. Restructured at an extra-ordinary session of Ministers of member States, 6th Aug 1999, Abidjan, when current title was adopted.


Provide an effective inter-governmental sub-regional platform for sectoral cooperation in the field of Maritime/Transit Transport in a maritime region where countries share common problems of demand and supply for shipping services and associated safety and environmental protection threats.


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General Assembly of Ministers and Committee of Experts responsible for shipping matters (meet every 2 years); Bureau of Ministers; Permanent Secretariat, headed by Secretary-General, in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire). Specialized organs (3): Association of African Shipowners; E-XD3960 - Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA); E-XE0791 - Union of African Shippers' Councils (UASC). Regional Academies: E-XF1562 - Regional Maritime University, Accra (RMU); F-XF1845 - Regional Academy of Maritime Science and Technology. Specializes Committees (3): Maritime Safety and Marine and Inland Waterways Environmental Protection; Maritime Transport and Related Activities, Statistics and Economic Data; Facilitation of Transit Transport and Specific Concerns of Landlocked Member States.


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