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Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA)

The Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) is a non-profit, regional, inter-governmental organization of Port Authorities, Maritime Organizations, Government Line Ministries, Logistics and Maritime Service Providers and other port and shipping stakeholders from the Eastern, Western and Southern African as well as Indian Ocean regions.

It was first established in Mombasa on April 1973, under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), following a recommendation made at a meeting of the African Ministers in charge of transport, held in Tunisia in February 1971.

The overall objective of PMAESA is to build relationships among member ports with a view to promoting regional cooperation and subsequently regional integration.

The Association offers an appropriate framework for exchange of information and ideas among members and to create an enabling environment whereby members can interface with one another in the port, transport and trade arenas to exchange benchmarks and best-practices, PMAESA also works towards improving conditions of operation and management of ports in its region of coverage with a view to increase their efficiencies.

It is also the sub-regional Association under the Pan-African Association for Port Co-operation (PAPC) - the Port industry Association for the Continent.

Our Work:

  • Committed & collaborates with women development institutions, regional cruise tourism bodies (CIOA) and Corridor Management Institutions (ACMA)
  • Facilitates benchmarks, promotes efficiencies in Sea, Lake & Dry Ports
  • Bureau for research & development of the Maritime and Blue Economy
  • Enhancing sustainable transportation of freight & people


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