Oct 30, 2013, 10:27 AM
Ports Authority (GPA) clearing and forwarding agents last Monday held their
annual general meeting at Paradise Suites hotel in Kololi. The meeting was
attended by several dignitaries, including GRA deputy commissioner of customs
and government officials.
The annual gathering was meant for members to come together and discuss or reflect on their progress, constraints, and challenges and take stock of their progress and carve the way forward.
President of the clearing and forwarding agents, Sulayman Joof said the gathering is a constitutional mandate that would enable members to take stock of their activities of the previous year and map out plans for the future. “We had challenges in both operation and the inconsistencies of business.’’
He said on the home front, they face difficult working conditions at the port due to inadequate equipment and space. He called on the government to support Gambia Port Authority in the shortest possible time or they may lose many business.
“During last year, we experienced many diversions of container cargoes to other ports that should come to the port of Banjul.”
He also urged members to endeavor to learn more about the profession, saying as customs, clearing and forwarding is not an easy job.
Secretary General, Momodou Sowe said they have been meeting on quarterly where they deal with issues and engaging stakeholders.