A supply chain assessment of logistics development drivers of South Eastern Nigeria
Trade facilitation projects of UNCTAD abound in West Africa. However the implementation thereof has rested in the hands of private sponsored agencies working in the region .One of this includes Bordeless West Africa. Programmes has also been instituted to favour port to hinterland trade even though the implementation has been very poor. Proper implementation of trade facilitation programmes in the region thus require immense study of trade movements, supply chain analysis with a view to improving the logistics and transport components of the entire process. Given the above, it makes sense therefore to sensitize the human element components of the logistics sub sector who also are the drivers of the distribution networks in the region on trade facilitation best practices worldwide. With respect to the port sector, the subject of port regulation though new in Nigeria places emphasis on the knowledge sector. The role of the regulator here is to prevent the new oligopolistic ports from acts that reflects monopoly. In this perspective a study that will reduce the port operators monopolistic instincts becomes always necessary. In such a study the port operators will be made to present areas where they have actually adopted inclusiveness policies by outsourcing such activities as tug operations and similar contracts to local operators, in the presence of stakeholders. The other aspect of trade facilitation relative to ports has to do with the role of river ports on the facilitation of hinterland intermodal traffic flow. This aspect is currently referred to as regionalization. In this perspective the regulation of river ports when concessioned and desirable qualities that river port concessionaires should possess will come into play.
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