Integrity, transparency in port operations, cargo clearance stressed

Published : 22 Feb 2024 08:45 PM | Updated : 22 Feb 2024 08:45 PM

Speakers at a meeting on Tuesday stressed practicing integrity and transparency in port operations and cargo clearance processes for sustainable development.  They also expressed need to explore potential solutions to meet the challenges and risks of corruption in the maritime industry.  The observations were made in the Working Group Meeting of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) Bangladesh at the conference room of Shippers’ Council of Bangladesh (SCB).  The objective of the meeting was to discuss corruption issues in the Maritime Sector in Bangladesh and possible mitigation measures. 

The meeting was presided by Rezaul Karim, Chairman, Shippers' Council of Bangladesh, Shahamin Zaman, Executive Director of UN Global Compact Network Bangladesh and Syed Ariful Islam, Project Lead of MACN Bangladesh were present in the meeting.  SCB Senior Vice Chairman Md. Ariful Ahsan & Vice Chairman Ganesh Chandra Saha also attended the meeting.

The meeting was attended by representatives from various shipping associations and companies, as well as officials from the SCB. 

MACN is a global business network working to end corruption in the Maritime sector globally. Since 2022, MACN through it's partnership with the United Nations Global Compact Network Bangladesh (GCNB), has been advocating to identify and mitigate corruption in the Maritime sector in Bangladesh. 

In December 2023, MACN Bangladesh formed it's first Working Group with the objective of identifying key areas of vulnerability, develop and implement mitigation strategies, enable collaboration, advocate policy measures, and support it's members in Bangladesh.