As the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN) announced, with support from the Indian Government it will launch a Port Integrity campaign in India. The campaign aims to reduce and in the future eliminate integrity issues, as well as bottlenecks during trade operations.
Specifically, the campaign is a cooperation between MACN, the Government of India, international organizations, and local industry stakeholders.
The pilot campaign will occur in Mumbai ports (MbPT and JNPT) and will run until October 2019.
The Port Integrity Campaign has been made possible by strong commitment from the Indian Government to work with the private sector and to address integrity issues in Indian ports.
Moreover, key parts of the campaign are the implementation of integrity training for port officials and the establishment of clear escalation and reporting procedures.
After the pilot, MACN aims to expand the campaign in additional Indian ports.
In light of the campaign, the Ministry of Shipping in India, commented
"We are committed to ensuring that vessels calling port in India do not face unnecessary obstacles or illicit demands. Tackling these issues is good for the shipping industry, for port workers, and for India as a trade destination."
In the meantime, Cecilia Müller Torbrand, Executive Director, MACN added that MACN's experience in various locations, as Nigeria, the Suez Canal and Argentina reflect that change is easy to happen when all parties cooperate.
Concluding, the MACN Port Integrity Campaign is also supported by: the United Nations Global Compact Network India (UNGCNI), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the Indian Customs and Central Excise, the Directorate General of Shipping India, the Indian Ports Association (IPA), the Indian Private Ports and Terminals Association (IPPTA), the Maritime Association of Nationwide Shipping Agencies India (MANSA), the Indian Shipowner’s Association (INSA), the Container Shipping Lines Association (CSLA), the Federation Of Indian Logistics Associations (FILA), the Danish Embassy, and the Norwegian Consulate General.