The Maritime Organization for Eastern, Southern, and Northern Africa (MOESNA), formerly the Intergovernmental Standing Committee on Shipping (ISCOS), is a regional maritime organization operating in Eastern, Southern, and Northern Africa. MOESNA is mandated to promote, protect, and coordinate the shipping and maritime interests of the region through the collaborative efforts of Member States.

MOESNA was officially launched at ISCOS’s 9th Assembly of Ministers, held in June 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya. This significant event brought together fifteen regional ministers responsible for Shipping and Maritime transport in their respective States. The new name, MOESNA, reflects the organization’s expanded geographical scope and its enhanced mandate to unite the shipping and maritime interests of Eastern, Southern, Northern Africa and the Indian Ocean States.

The Assembly also saw the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia admitted as the sixth member state under the rebranded MOESNA, following the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which joined the organization in 2022. A number of regional States are currently in the advanced stages of joining MOESNA, reflecting the growing importance of regional maritime collaboration. The founding Member States of the former ISCOS, established in 1967, include the Republic of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Uganda, and the Republic of Zambia.

Over 90% of the Region’s international trade is transported by sea. Due to the shared maritime bodies, facilities, multinational service providers, and overseas trading partners and regimes, and therefore the common Maritime Interests, challenges, and aspirations, African States using the Indian Ocean as their maritime passage for international trade have taken note of the increased need for collaboration in this complex, international, high expenditure and capital intensive sector and have committed to using MOESNA’s existing framework to work together in order to have their maritime trade interests driven in a structured, coherent, unified and more effective manner.

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Our Leadership

Hon. Frank Museba Tayali

MOESNA Chair – Minister of Transport and Logistics, Republic of Zambia

Mr. Daniel M. Kiange


Member States

Trade Statics and Information

Get comprehensive, timely and reliable MOESNA updates on trade all around the region:

  • International Trade Statistics.
  • Infrastructure Statistics Bulletin.
  • Trends and statistics analysis.
  • Various stakeholders advisory, advocacy.

Shipping statistics and Information

  • Get to see traffic volumes through our ports.
  • Get to understand shipping matters and terminologies.
  • Be familiar with different container service options to get the service you expect.
  • Understand the various terms applied in shipping industry.


A Mobile based Trade Facilitation Platform:

  • For Reporting, Monitoring and Resolving Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs)
  • Providing Information to the Industry on various aspects of Freight Logistics and International Trade.
  • Accessed through a Mobile Application as well as several other Communication avenues both electronic and conventional (E-mail, Telephone, SMS)
  • Backed up by a back office of Freight Logistics experts who are available to provide Support to Freight Logistics as need may arise, in real time and on a continuous basis.


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Latest News

  • Moesna

    Exciting News!

    ISCOS rebranded to the Maritime Organization for Eastern Southern and Northern Africa (MOESNA).This transformation reflects our renewed commitment to enhancing Regional Maritime Collaboration and Development.

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MOESNA is currently constituted by six member states namely; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia as full members. However, membership is open to other states in the Eastern, Southern and Northern African States and any other states as may be determined by the Assembly as full member category. Membership is also open to organizations associated with maritime activities.

MOESNA is an acronym for The Maritime Organization for Eastern, Southern and Northern Africa

Currently the Secretariat’s headquarters is in Mombasa, Kenya and a branch office was opened in Dar es Saalam, United Republic of Tanzania. However more offices can be opened if need arises.

It promotes and advocates for efficient and competitive Shipping and Maritime services in the Eastern, Southern and Northern Africa.

MOESNA is mainly funded by its member states namely; Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia. Occasionally, some of MOESNA activity programs are co-funded by development partners.