Minister's Transport Industry Dialogue series, The Inaugural Maritime Transport Sector Dialogue to be held on 21-22 February 2019 in Durban, Tsogo Sun, Elangeni
The Minister of Transport, Dr Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande is inviting the maritime industry for the first time in the history of Transport to discuss the opportunities and plans for 2019.
The Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy Statement 1 (3) provides that the department will in consultation with relevant organs of state and stakeholders of maritime transport sector formulate coherent strategy to ensure the development and growth of the maritime transport sector.
The strategy will include but not be limited to the establishment and planning mechanism in the form of Maritime Transport Sector Development Council (MTSDC) to develop a multiyear Maritime Transport Sector Development Plan (MTSDP) and to review and monitor overall performance of the sector.
The Department has already developed the draft MTSDC Bill. As a response to a number of concerns expressed regarding lack of transformation in the maritime industry, the Minister directed that the maritime industry dialogue session be convened in order to address transformation of the maritime sector.
The Minister will be addressing maritime transport stakeholders in an open dialogue session as build-up to the future establishment of the Maritime Transport Sector Development Council (MTSDC) as envisaged in the Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy (CMTP).
The event will be attended by up to 300 maritime transport stakeholders.
The following Maritime Stakeholders Industry will make presentations:
South African Maritime Business Forum; South African Association of Ship Operators and Agents, Durban University of Technology, AMSOL, SMD Marine, South African Boat Building Export Council, Minerals Council of South Africa and the Linsen Nambi to mention the few.
The following Government Departments and Agencies will also make presentations:
- Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Advancing the Development of Black Industrialist Programme in support of the CMTP;
- National Treasury-State of Maritime Sector Incentives (what is possible in the context of CMTP);
- Department of Mineral Resources-The Mining Charter Implications for the Shipping Sector;
- SARS-New Customs Act Programme;
- South African Maritime Safety Authority-South African Ship Registry Plans and Opportunities for 2019;
- Ports Regulator of South Africa- Ports Tariffs Strategy as a tool for Industry Development and Transformation;
- Transnet-Key strategic issues in an Integrated SADC Transport Logistics Framework;
- Transnet National Ports Authority-Ports and their role in promoting Coastal Shipping Opportunities and Plans for 2019;
- Transnet Port Terminals-Opportunities for Black Economic Empowerment in Ports Terminal.
In October 2018, The Department of Transport has established South African Maritime Business Forum (SAMBF) and its objective is to coordinate and promote participation of South African business in the maritime economy in order to realise inclusive development and growth of the maritime industry.
The dialogue will take two days in which Day 1 will be presentations from the industry highlighting their 2019 Plans and having the dialogue with the Minister of Transport. Day 2 will be the government presentations on Plans and the Opportunities for 2019 and the Minister dialogue with the industry.