The Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana (SOAAG) marked its 30th anniversary with a commitment to continue representing shipping lines in Ghana.
The celebration was held under the theme “Celebrating 30 Years of Collaboration: The SOAAG Story.”
Madam Perpetual Osei-Bonsu, the Executive Secretary of SOAAG, emphasized in her address that the association would persist in its pivotal role of providing a unified voice for its members.
Currently, SOAAG consists of 17 active companies operating in the shipping industry.
Over the past three decades, SOAAG members have made significant contributions to Ghana's maritime business and have excelled as the foundation of the country's international trade.
Madam Osei-Bonsu highlighted that their operations have had a profound impact on the local economy, generating employment opportunities and contributing to the country's revenue through tax payments.
Recognizing the crucial role played by SOAAG members in international business, the Executive Secretary assured that shipping lines and agents would continue to fulfil their responsibilities as partners in the growth of Ghana's maritime industry.
Madam Osei-Bonsu acknowledged the challenges faced by the industry, stating, “Nevertheless, we wish to acknowledge that we have been able to sail through some very tough and nerve-wracking negotiations within the industry, sometimes even to the point of being acrimonious.”
Mr Adam Imoru Ayarna, an Executive Member of SOAAG, expressed the association's commitment to effective dialogue in resolving issues with stakeholders. He encouraged all parties to remain dedicated to these dialogues and negotiations.