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MEMBER STATES TOAST 50 YEARS OF ISCOS

MEMBER STATES TOAST 50 YEARS OF ISCOS

FOUR Member States; namely Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia last weekend toasted fifty years anniversary of the Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping (ISCOS), in Livingstone.

ISCOS is a regional organisation established in 1967 by the Governments of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to represent the interests of Member Governments and Shippers in the region, especially in the fields of Ocean Freight rates, port productivity, research and sensitisation of private sector on best trading practices.

The regional body was founded by four great men; the late Dr Jomo Kenyatta, late Dr Mwarimu Julius Nyerere, Dr Milton Obote and Dr David Kenneth Kaunda.

1. ISCOS OBJECTIVES

The main objectives are as follows:- 

• Serve the regional and international community as a one stop center of excellence for regional maritime matters and total logistics;

• Ensure that the region is served by adequate and competitive shipping services;

• Promote public and private sector investments in international and coastal shipping services and inland waterways;

• Facilitate the contracting parties to ratify and implement international maritime conventions and agreements on, among others, shipping safety, security, maritime pollution and training.

The organisation was in the last two years headed by outgoing chairman who is also Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba.

Mr Mushimba handed over his mantle to incoming regional chairperson the High Commissioner of Tanzania, Her Excellency Grace Mujuma who was standing for the Minister of Transport of that country. The colourful; ceremony was held at the David Livingstone Safari Lodge at the weekend.

This organization is mainly Governments’ funded and employs its staff from all ISCOS Member States to coordinate at regional level maritime activities of Member States because maritime Issues have national, regional and global aspects.