“6th Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference Champions Sustainable Shipping and Blue Economy”

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The sixth edition of the Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference, held yesterday, provided an enriching platform for learning, networking, and inspiration, particularly for the students of the University of Lagos. This year’s conference, themed “A Blueprint for Sustainable Shipping: The Significance of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy,” emphasized the need for a robust partnership among stakeholders to achieve the Ministry’s goals and objectives.

The event saw key maritime industry experts advocate for increased collaboration and support to foster sustainable practices in shipping. These discussions are critical as the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy aims to navigate the challenges and opportunities within the maritime sector.

Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Chairman of SIFAX Group and host of the event, was represented by Olumuyiwa Akande, Group Head of Corporate Communications. Dr. Afolabi praised the organizers for maintaining the momentum of the conference over the past six years, highlighting its importance in shaping the future of maritime practices and policies.

Among the notable stakeholders present were:
– Emeka Akabogu, Senior Partner at Akabogu and Associates
– Barrister Temisan Omatseye, former Director General of NIMASA
– Bodunrin Adewole, President of the Maritime Arbitrators Association of Nigeria

These industry leaders shared their insights and experiences, encouraging the next generation of maritime professionals to engage actively with the evolving dynamics of the sector. Their contributions underscored the conference’s role as a vital conduit for knowledge exchange and professional growth within the maritime community.

The Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference continues to be a pivotal event in the maritime calendar, fostering dialogue and collaboration that are essential for sustainable development in the industry. As the sector moves towards more sustainable practices, such forums will play a crucial role in aligning stakeholders’ efforts with the broader goals of environmental stewardship and economic prosperity.

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