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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 members States

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:-

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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

Language

English, Kiswahili and many local languages

Lake ports


Kisumu port in Lake Victoria

Currency

Kenyan Shilling

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:-

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Lake ports


Lake Victoria: Mwanza, Bukoba, Kemondo Bay, Musoma, Nansio, Lake Tanganyika: Kigoma, Kasanga, Lake Nyasa: Itungi, Manda, Liuli, Mbaba Bay.

Sea ports

Dar Es Salaam, Tanga, Zanzibar, Mtwara and many other small ports

Principal exports

Coffee, Cotton, Manufactures, Cashew Nuts, Minerals

Language

English, Kiswahili and many local languages

Principal imports

Machinery and Transport Equipment, Consumer Goods

Currency

Tanzanian Shilling

Uganda

The geographical area is 945 200 sq km with a population of 44.9 million (August 2012 Census).
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:

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Principal imports

Manufactured goods, Machinery, Emquipments and Vehical/acessories, Oil/Oil products, Chemical Products, Food stuffs

Principal exports

Coffee, Tea, Fish, Tobacco, Flowers, Cotton, Gold, Cobalt, Oil re-export

Sea ports

Mainly shiping through Dar Essalam and Mombasa ports.

Language

English, Kiswahili and many local languages

Lake ports


Port Bell in Lake Victoria

Currency

Ugandan Shilling

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:-
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Principal imports

Capital goods, Chemical Products, Crude Oil, Petroleum Products

Principal exports

Cobalt, Copper, Cotton, Cut flowers, Electric Appliances, Hardwood, Mineral Product

Sea ports

Mainly shiping through Dar Essalam and Mombasa ports.

Principal exports

Cobalt, Copper, Cotton, Cut flowers, Electric Appliances, Hardwood, Mineral Product

Currency

Zambian Kwacha

Institutional Framework

The Assembly

The Assembly is the highest Organ of the Organization whose full Membership are the Ministers responsible for Maritime Transport in the Member States, or any other Ministers or Plenipotentiaries designated by the respective Governments.

The Assembly is responsible for formulating general policies of the Organization and determining appropriate ways and means by which the Organization can achieve its objectives.

The Co-ordination Committee

The Coordination Committee is constituted by Permanent/Principle Secretaries (or their equivalent) in Ministries responsible for Maritime Transport matters in the respective Member States or their designated representatives who are senior officers of Government.

The Mandate of the Coordination Committee is to Coordinate the activities and functions of the Technical Committees and prepare Technical and Administrative Reports for the Assembly.

Technical Committees

Technical Committees comprise officers from the Member States and Associate member organizations who are experts in the relevant field of the Committee. The Mandate of the Technical Committees to Review and Generate Administrative and Technical Programmes of the Organization and to prepare Reports for the Coordination Committee.

There are four technical committees:

  • Technical Committee on Finance, Administration and Resource Mobilization;
  • Technical Committee on Trade Facilitation;
  • Technical Committee on Maritime Safety, Security and Marine Environment;
  • Technical Committee on Legal, Membership and Credentials, and International Relations.

The Secretariat

The Secretariat is the Administrative Organ of the organization headed by the Secretary General appointed by the Assembly. Its mandate is to coordinate and implement programmes and activities of the Organization.  

Secretary General

MR. KASSIM K. MPAATA

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION AND AG. SECRETARY GENERAL

Mr. Mpaata, Director of Finance and Administration and also Acting Secretary General of ISCOS, occupies these positions with a wealth of over 20 years’ experience in the field of Financial Administration and Management, having served in several institutions in the region, in related capacities.  He is a seasoned financial management expert and administrator, but with vast knowledge about the Shipping and freight Logistics sectors where he has worked for a considerable part of his career.  Mr. Mpaata holds a Masters of Business Administration (Edinburg Business School, Heriowatt University-UK) and is also a Member of the Association of Chattered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He previously graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Islamic Studies (Comb. Hons-IUIU) and as well holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration. He, too, holds several certificates in Shipping and Freight Logistics and has made related presentations in various regional and International forums.  He is fluent in English and Kiswahili, but can also communicate in Arabic and some French, in addition several local languages.

Vision Statement

Africa’s Centre of Excellence for Shipping and Maritime Matters.

Mission Statement

To Promote and Advocate for Efficient and Competitive Shipping and Maritime Services in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

Mandate

To facilitate international trade in shipping by:

  • Promoting the development of maritime, inland water ways and other inter modal transport systems and practices; public and private sector investments; Efficient Logistics and competitive shipping services.
  • Undertaking industry research, and strengthening and promoting the establishment of Shippers Councils through capacity building.
  • Advocating for maritime safety, security, and environmental protection
  • Advocating for policy harmonization and implementation of International and regional maritime agreements and conventions by members

Contact Us

INTERGOVERNMENTAL STANDING COMMITTEE ON SHIPPING

ISCOS Secretariat
Nyali,Off Links Road, near Nyali Health Care
P.O. Box 89112 – 80100
Mombasa, Kenya
+254 722 207940/ +254 202 332670
info@iscosafricashipping.org
 www.iscosafricashipping.org

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