The 2017 Annual African Ports Evolution-West African edition was held in Accra, Ghana at the Kempinsky Hotel from 5-7 September 2017.  It was organised by the Hypenica International of South Africa. Participants were mainly from the West African sub region including Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ghana and South Africa with a maximum number of 200 participants including exhibitors.

WISTA was a supporting partner and WISTA Members were a part of the conference.  WISTA Exco member, NAA DENSUA ARYEETEY was a member of the Advisory Committee that planned the conference and continued to advise in relevant matters. Naa Densua, also served as a Panellist for the first session of the programme on September 5th, 2017 on the topic: 'Enhancing West Africa’s regional connectivity – inter modal value chain opportunities to drive social and economic development in Western Africa'.


The highlight of the three-day conference was A Women's breakfast Networking session the idea having been mooted by both Naa and Nevenka Ristic of Hypenica.  This came off as scheduled on September 6, 2017, and had a very good number of women in the industry attending.

The former Deputy Minister of Transport and a WISTA Ambassador Hon. Joyce Bawah Mogtari was the keynote speaker on the theme:" Recognising and celebrating the successful and dynamic women driving our West African maritime sector".

A successful conference with WISTA presence being felt and a partnership that has just began but I believe that it will continue for the mutual benefit of both organisations. For more information please visit; www.west.portsevolution.com