77 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and the DR Congo from the East African region took part in the awards.
Kenya-based Del Monte Foods, Inc. was named the country’s Exporter of the Year.
Bollore Transports & Logistics of the Siginon Group won the Best Cargo Transporter and the Best Regional Cargo Logistics Provider as well as the award for the best practice in the field of occupational health and safety. The group was named the best warehouse company overall.
ESL Forwarders won Best Clearing and Forwarding Agent in Kenya, with Best Clearing and Forwarding Agent in Tanzania going to Tahafresh Handling Limited.
Best Shipping Company went to Gulf Badr Group (K) Limited; Best Shipping Agent (Liner Agency) was won by CMA CGM Kenya Limited, with ELS Forwarders winning the Best Shipping Agent (Tramp Agency). Best Cargo Consolidator went to ECU Worldwide Kenya Limited.
The Kenya Association of Manufacturers and the Uganda Clearing Industry and Forwarding Association won the best membership organization for private companies in Kenya and Uganda respectively.
In the individual categories, editor-in-chief of the Freight Logistics magazine Githua Kihara received the Maritime Journalist of the Year Award. Martin Mwita and Hilary Makokha, both from The Star newspaper, took first and second place, respectively. Mary Ireri and Gilbert Langat each won the Young Achieve Award as a Lifetime Achievement Award.
We congratulate the winners KPA Ag. General Manager Amb.John Mwnagemi said the Covid-19 pandemic had emphasized the vital role of the maritime sector in enabling global supply chains.
âDespite the pandemic, seafarers in the East Africa region, and indeed around the world, continue to make personal sacrifices to work behind the scenes to ensure that food, medicine and other essentials reach our shores.
“I applaud your steadfastness and determination. Your drive and vision have proven you in the competitive maritime industry. Your hard work has won the recognition of your peers in the industry and will no doubt set a shining example to others.” Amb. Said Mwangemi.
In recognition of attendees, Edward Oswe, Chief Executive Office Marketing Society of Kenya (the coordinator of the EAMA 2020 event) said the team was encouraged by the growing interest in the EAMA award across the region, adding that the EAMA continues to consolidate the maritime industry as it matures.
âDespite the pandemic, we recorded an increase in the number of participants for EAMA 2020. This year we received 77 registrations, up from the 64 in the previous edition – from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. We hope that other East African countries that are not represented at this year’s awards will also take part in the next edition of EAMA. ” Oswe explained.
The East Africa Maritime Awards (EAMA) are a strategic initiative of the agency in collaboration with the Kenya Maritime Authority, the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Kenya Trade Network Agency, the Shippers Council of Eastern Africa, the East African Business Council and Think Business Limited.
The aim of the awards is to promote excellence in the provision of services, recognize exceptional contributions to industry and business, promote innovation, and improve overall performance.