By Cliffsimeon Akalonu
The NIMPORT 2018 conference, is themed “Attracting Investment to support Terminals, Ports and Logistics growth”.
In a press release, the C.E.O , FCI International, Mr. Fortune Idu; who is also the convener of the annual NIMPORT conference, said that this year’s conference is aimed at giving directions to investment and growth.
NIMPORT is an annual event which is held by an international development consulting company in collaboration with the Nigerian Maritime Port and Terminal (NIMPORT) Business Promotion Committee members and strategic partners which includes: The Federal Ministry of Transportation, The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Safety Administration Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Shipper’s Council (NSC), Nigeria Navy, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) , INTEL, LADOL, NEPZA, NEPC.
The conference, which is expected to attract over 250 delegates, is starting with a workshop session and a boat tour on the 28th of August 2018. Then, on the 29 – 30 August 2018, Intensive conference and expo sessions.
The deliberations of the conference, final communique and reports from the event will be submitted to the Minister of Transportation for policy planning. Idu said.
The chairman of the organizing committee  NIMPORT 2018, Mr Fortune Idu, said that, NIMPORT 2018 is planned to bring together all maritime industry leaders to network and discuss on pressing issues affecting global maritime trade, port & logistics development and the industry role in Nigeria quest for economic diversification and improvement in the non-oil export.
He said, NIMPORT 2018 will feature various social and commercial papers from key industry leaders covering technical, industrial subjects that supports government directives on the ease of doing business and the need to open up the maritime and logistics industry for greater inclusion both to foreign investors and to local interests.
The papers to be presented will cover; Improving Trade flow, Oil and Gas Logistics, Total logistics connectivity, Investment and Financing, Security in Maritime Corridors, Development of industrial terminals, logistics hubs and Free Trade Zones, Improving Export cargo traffic, Enabling Nigeria goods to find regional and international market and Removing trade blockages.
Among the participants are, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria maritime Administration and safety agency, Nigeria Shippers’ Council, Nigeria Navy, Nigeria Customs, Industrial General Insurance, Nigeria Export Processing Zone, Nigerian Inland water ways, Intels,  Inland  Container Terminal Ltd,  SIFAX, Nigeria Export Processing Authority, Josepdam, Havi Nigeria Railway Corporation, CARES,  DSL, Lagos State Government.