The Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), with the support of the government of India, has launched a Port Integrity Campaign which aims to reduce and (in the long term) eliminate integrity issues and bottlenecks to trade during operations at Indian ports.
Key activities of the campaign, a pilot of which will take place in Mumbai ports (MbPT and JNPT) until October 2019, include the implementation of integrity training for port officials and the establishment of clear escalation and reporting processes.
Following the pilot, MACN aims to expand the programme to other Indian ports.
Cecilia Müller Torbrand, executive director of MACN, said: “MACN’s experiences in locations including Nigeria, the Suez Canal and Argentina show us that real change is possible when all parties are engaged.
“That’s why we are delighted to have the support of so many key stakeholders for this campaign and to improve the operating environment in Indian ports.”
The campaign is a collective action between MACN, which represents a global business network of over 110 companies working to tackle corruption in the maritime industry, the government of India, international organisations and local industry stakeholders.
It has been made possible by the strong commitment from the Indian government to work with the private sector and to address integrity issues at Indian ports.
India’s Ministry of Shipping stated: “We are committed to ensuring that vessels calling ports in India do not face unnecessary obstacles or illicit demands.
“Tackling these issues is good for the shipping industry, for the port workers and for India as a trade destination. We are pleased to be joining forces with MACN and other stakeholders to implement concrete actions with the potential for real impact.”