By: Jerry Akornor/, Ghana

Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) has urged journalists to equip themselves with relevant information on the sector and scale up quality reportage on the shipping industry.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Shippers Authority, Ms. Benonita Bismark, challenged media practitioners to grasp adequate knowledge on the sector to firmly and frequently take up shipping and logistics related issues in Ghana. Ms. Benonita Bismarck believes the media’s keen interest in matters pertaining to the shipping and maritime industry can only help to improve the sector.

Speaking at the 7th Maritime Seminar for Journalists on the contemporary trends in developments in Ghana’s shipping industry on Wednesday 16th September, 2020 in Accra, Ms. Benonita Bismarck said      “It’s imperative that journalists receive periodic training and education on contemporary shipping and logistics issues in order to confidently and continuously disseminate trade information in the online and broadcast platforms to benefit the public”.

Meanwhile, the President of Ghana Journalists Association, Mr. Affail Monney, has charged media practitioners to eschew poor quality of reportage on the shipping industry and must report diligently to protect and promote the interest of shippers in Ghana.

“This programme provides unique opportunity for journalists to absorb knowledge on shipping industry and present accurate reportage on shipping, apart from the political conference, pay attention to the economic issues in the sector; the misuse of economic terms have devastating effects on the economy” he said.

The Head of Freight and Logistics at the GSA, Fred Asiedu-Dartey, wanted importers to avoid the situation where goods are not cleared within the stipulated time. “Avoid demurrage because it has implications for the parties involved”, he said. 

Over forty (40) journalists were taken through shipper education and trade facilitation, advocacy and advisory services, relevance of incoterms 2020 in international trade, the implementation of Marine insurance Act 724 of 2006 and the benefits for shippers in Ghana.

In attendance at the 7th Maritime Seminar for Journalists were the CEO of Ghana Shippers Authority  Ms. Benonita Bismarck, Chairperson of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers  (ICS)  West Africa Mrs. Gertrude Ohene-Asienim, Head of Freight and Logistics at Ghana Shippers Authority Fred Asiedu-Dartey, Head of Supervision at National Insurance Commission Mr. Seth Eshun, President of Ghana Journalists Association Mr. Affail Monney.

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