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Our History

In the 1960s, Member States trade experienced increased transport costs arising from surcharges imposed on the trade by the liner shipping operators. More specifically, trade was experiencing negative effects arising from the closure of the Suez Canal and the surcharges applied after its closure in mid 1960s.In realization of these challenges, and given the common interests which the regional states shared, the four Member States of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia formed ISCOS in 1967 to perform on their behalf various functions such as negotiation on freight rates, fighting against unjustifiable surcharge and other charges on seaborne cargo. A Permanent Secretariat headed by a Secretary General was established in 1974 to coordinate ISCOS activities. In 1987, member states signed an agreement legally establishing the institution.

To date, ISCOS activities have expanded to take care of the changing patterns in world trade, especially the liberalization of regional economies, globalization, technological advancement, and other economic developments in global commerce. For this purpose in April, 2006 the protocol amending the 1987 agreement was signed to accommodate these new developments.

ISCOS ORGANS

  1. The Assembly

The Assembly consists of:-

  • Full Members: comprising Ministers responsible for maritime transport or any other ministers or plenipotentiaries designated by the Governments. The Minister, for purposes of the meeting has all the powers, duties and responsibilities of the member for whom that person is acting.
  • Associate Members: Chief Executive officers or the designated officers of organizations mentioned in Article III paragraph (b) of the protocol. The designated officer for purpose of the meeting has all the powers, duties and responsibilities of the member for whom that person is acting.
  1. The Co-ordination Committee

The Co-ordination Committee comprises of representatives from contracting parties as provided for in Article III of the Protocol as follows:-

  • Full Members: Permanent Secretaries or their designated representatives who shall be senior officers of the Government. The Officer, for purposes of the meeting has all the powers, duties and responsibilities of the member for whom that person is acting..

 

  • Associate Members: Senior Officers appointed to serve on the Co-ordination Committee by the respective Chief Executive Officer for purposes of the meeting, have all the powers, duties and responsibilities of the member for whom that person is acting..

 

 

  1. Permanent Technical Committees established by the Assembly

The Technical Committees are composed of representatives of Full Members and Associate Members designated for that purpose.

  1. The Secretariat

The Secretary General is the chief executive officer of the organization and represents the organization in the exercise of its legal personality.
The Secretary General is deputized by Deputy Secretary General who is also appointed by the Assembly. The rest of the Secretariat is constituted by Directors, Managers, Officers and General and Supporting Staff.

MEMBER STATES

The current members are Kenya, Tanzania Uganda and Zambia. Membership is open to any Eastern, Central and Southern Africa countries. Membership comprises full members and Associate members. Full Membership is open to States. Associate Membership is open to organizations associated with maritime activities.

Kenya

Kenya

The geographical area is 582,646 sq km with a population of 44.0 million (July 2012 est.). The capital city is Nairobi. Other important data is as below:-

Currency: Kenyan Shilling
Principal exports: Tea, Coffee, Horticulture, Raw Materials, Oil Products, Manufactured goods.
Principal imports: Manufactured Goods, Machinery and Transport Equipment, Oil, Chemicals.
Sea ports: Mombasa, Lamu and many other small ports
Lake ports: Kisumu port in Lake Victoria
Language: English, Kiswahili and many local languages

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Tanzania

Tanzania

The geographical area is 945 200 sq km with a population of 44.9 million (August 2012 Census).
The capital city is Dodoma with Dar Es Salaam being the administrative and commercial city.
Other important data and information is as below:-

Currency: Tanzanian Shilling
Principal exports: Coffee, Cotton, Manufactures, Cashew Nuts, Minerals
Principal imports: Machinery and Transport Equipment, Consumer Goods
Sea ports: Dar Es Salaam, Tanga, Zanzibar, Mtwara and many other small ports
Main Lake ports: Lake Victoria: Mwanza, Bukoba, Kemondo Bay, Musoma, Nansio, Lake Tanganyika: Kigoma, Kasanga, Lake Nyasa: Itungi, Manda, Liuli, Mbaba Bay.
Language: Swahili, English and many local languages.

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Uganda

Uganda

The geographical area of Uganda is 263 036 sq km with a population of 34.8 million (July 2013 est. Census).
The capital city is Kampala. Other important data is as below:

Currency: Ugandan Shilling
Principal exports: Coffee, Tea, Fish, Tobacco, Flowers, Cotton, Gold, Cobalt, Oil re-export
Principal imports: Manufactured goods, Machinery, Emquipments and Vehical/acessories, Oil/Oil products, Chemical Products, Food stuffs.
Sea ports: Mainly shiping through Dar Essalam and Mombasa ports.
Lake ports: Port Bell in Lake Victoria.
Language: English and many local languages

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Zambia

Zambia

The geographical area is 752 612 sq km with a population of 13.1 million (2010).
The capital city is Lusaka. Other important data is as below:-

Currency: Zambian Kwacha
Principal exports: Cobalt, Copper, Cotton, Cut flowers, Electric Appliances, Hardwood, Mineral Products
Principal imports: Capital goods, Chemical Products, Crude Oil, Petroleum Products
Lake ports: Mpulungu port in Lake Tanganyika
Language: English and many local languages

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