As a sub-sector of Transportation – one of the Five Priority Areas of the work of the D-8 Organization –the maritime sector has rapidly grown in recent years. Given the Member Countries substantial coastline and the significance of the maritime activities in their national economies, the sector has received increasing attention and focus. The early foundations for concrete progress in this area were laid in the April 2005 Seminar on the Prospects of Shipping in the D-8 Group (Karachi, Pakistan).

The Seventh Summit’s directive in July 2010 to the D-8 Commission “to explore ways of giving further impetus to the D-8 Shipping Forum’’ gave the process a strong boost. Subsequently, Nigeria held the first Expert Working Group Meeting (EWG) on Shipping in early November 2010, which was followed by the second meeting almost a year later in Abuja, Nigeria.

The main objective of the Expert Working Group Meeting was to help promote and enhance collaboration among member countries on maritime training, acquisition of sea time experience by sea farers, and harmonization and simplification of customs procedures and documentation for the facilitation of shipping of goods in transit. It also aimed at developing an action plan for programs and projects in the area of shipping logistical services.

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1st Meeting of D-8 EWG on Shipping November 9-10, 2010 (Abuja, Nigeria)

The D-8 member countries exchanged information on investment opportunities and cooperation in capacity building in the shipping field. The Meeting also emphasized the importance of the role of the private sector. The main recommendations of the meeting were as follows: 

1) Designation of Nigeria as the prime mover of D-8 Shipping cooperation for 2 years (2010-2012);

2) Development of maritime transportation consultation group and Website (Coordinator: Turkey);

3) Development of database for maritime trade movement among D-8 countries (Coordinator: Indonesia);

4) Transmittal of the contact information for national focal points in the member countries to the D-8 Secretariat. 

2nd Meeting of the D-8 EWG on Shipping, 17-18 October 2011 (Abuja, Nigeria)

The second meeting discussed the opportunities and challenges in the D-8 shipping field and focused on the exchange of experiences and best practices. It’s main recommendations/decisions were as follows:

I. Emphasis on the need for the implementation of the decisions of the 1st EWG Meeting, in particular in the area of capacity-building, e.g. TOTAR and other technical training programs;
II. Calling on Member Countries to establish proper mechanisms for effective follow-up of the decisions made with respect to establishing benchmarks and timelines; 

III. Encouraging Member Countries to explore the possibility of entering into Maritime Joint Venture Agreements (MJV), including establishment of Maritime Joint Commissions for collaborative ventures; 

IV. Establishment of an Automated Maritime Data Access (AMDA) in order to facilitate promotion of collaboration between Member Countries;

V. The meeting also took note of the near absence of the private sector participation emphasized its importance for the future meetings; and

VI. Expansion of bilateral exchanges and discussions. 




Mr. Md. Alauddin
Joint Secretary 
Ministry of Shipping
Bangladesh Secretariat - Dhaka
Phone   +88-02-7167115
Fax.      +99-02-7168122
Cell.      +88-01-55 2333 487


Mr. Nader Mortada Darwish
Undersecretary for Maritime Transportation
Ministry of Transportation
Mobile:   00 20 1031 55 456


Adolf R. Tambunan
Deputy Director
Directorate of Sea Traffic and Transport
Ministry of Transportation
Mobile:   +62 816 972 971

Setyo Nugroho 
Department of Naval Architecture
Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS)
Surabaya, Indonesia
Phone:  +62-31-5914013,
fax : +62-31-5914013

Negari Karunia Adi
PT. Surveyor Indonesia
Mobile:  +62 855 320 4080


Mr. Ataollah Sadr
Deputy Minister and Head of Port and Marine Organization 
of the Ministry of Road and Town Planning
Phone:  +98-21-88651001
Fax:      +98-21-88651011


Mdm Sabariah Atan
Assistant Secretary
Maritime Economy Unit
Ministry of Transport Malaysia
Phone:  +603-8886 6164
Fax:      +603-8889 1618


PJ Major
Permanent Secretary of 
Federal Ministry of Transport
Phone:   +234 92340319

Nagogo Suleiman
Director Maritime Services
Federal Ministry of Transport
Mobile:  +234 803 909 5359

Ziakede Pakbolo
Director General
Nigeria Maritime Administration and Agency (NIMASA)
Mobile:  +234 805 709 9113

Ishaku M. Shekarau
Executive Director 
Maritime Safety & Shipping Development (Logistics) NIMASA
Mobile:   +234 805 709 9113

Adeniran O. Aderogba 
Executive Director
Finance & Administration NIMASA
Mobile:   +234 805 306 4271


Azher Shamim Anwar HI (M) S. bt Director General (P&S)
Ministry of  Ports & Shipping, Karachi - Pakistan
Mobile:   +92-21-99206406


Emre Dincer
Maritime Expert
Undersecretariat for Maritime Affairs
Mobile:  +9053 5773 2943  

-1st Meeting of D-8 Expert Working Group on Shipping (9-10 November 2010, Abuja – Nigeria)- Held

-2nd Meeting of D-8 Expert Working Group on Shipping (17-18 October 2011, Abuja – Nigeria)- Held

-3rd D-8 Expert Working Group Meeting on Shipping( 11-12 March 2014, Abuja-Nigeria) - Confirmed