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DRC Commercial attaché and OGEFREM representative in Kenya Ms. Berthe Morisho (right) leads her team in receiving certificate for 1st Runner Up under Private Sector Business Membership category at the EAMA 2020 Awards.

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Kenya Ports Authority Awards Regional Port Users

MOMBASA, Kenya, Sep 20 – Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Friday held its second East Africa Maritime Awards,  EAMA 2020  which recognized the industry’s outstanding practices for Excellence, Sustainability, Training, Technology, Initiative, Personality, and Leadership from Eastern Africa region.

The Awards were grouped into nine clusters based on maritime functionalities and service offerings with a total of 27 distinct categories.

Kenya-based Del Monte won the Exporter of the Year Award.

Bollore Transports and Logistics won the Best Cargo Transporter and Best Regional Cargo Logistics Provider among other awards.

Electronic Sports League Forwarders won the Best Clearing and Forwarding Agent in Kenya with Best Clearing and Forwarding Agent in Tanzania going to Tahafresh Handling Limited.

Kenya’s Siginon Group won the Best Warehousing Company.

Best Shipping Line went to Gulf Badr Group (K) Limited; Best Shipping Agent (Liner Agency) was won by CMA CGM Kenya Limited with ELS Forwarders winning the Best Shipping Agent (Tramp Agency).

ECU Worldwide Kenya Limited on the other hand scooped the best Cargo Consolidator.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers and Uganda Clearing Industry and Forwarding Association won the Best Private Sector Business Membership Organization in Kenya and Uganda, respectively.

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Under individual categories, Chief Editor for Freight Logistics magazine Githua Kihara won the Maritime Journalist of the Year Award.

Martin Mwita and Hilary Makokha both Star newspaper were 1st and 2nd runners up respectively.

Mary Ireri and Gilbert Langat won the Young Achiever Award as Lifetime Achievement Award, respectively.

Congratulating the winners KPA Acting Managing Director Ambassador John Mwnagemi said the Covid-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the critical role played by the maritime sector in enabling global supply chains.

“Despite the pandemic, seafarers in eastern Africa region, and in fact all over the world, continue to make personal sacrifices to labor behind the scene to ensure food, medicines and other essential supplies reach our shores. I salute your steadfastness and resolve. Through your drive and vision, you have proven your worth in the competitive maritime industry. Your hard work has won the recognition of your fellow colleagues in the industry and will no doubt be a shining example for others to follow,” Mwangemi said.

Edward Oswe, Chief Executive Office Marketing Society of Kenya said the team was encouraged by the growing interest in the EAMA award across the region, adding that EAMA continues to consolidate the maritime industry as it matures.

“We have seen an increase in growth of the number of entrants for the EAMA 2020 despite the pandemic. This year, we received 77 entries up from the 64 received in the previous edition – representing Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Democratic Republic of Congo. We hope that other Eastern African countries not represented in this year’s awards will be part of the next edition of EAMA,” he said.

The event was organized by Kenya Ports Authority in partnerships with the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade), Shippers Council of Eastern Africa (SCEA) and East African Business Council (EABC).

 

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