The former governor of Abia state and President of SLOK group has been announced as the new interim president of World Shipowners’ Association (WSA).
The billionaire will be the President of the association until 2017 when an election will be conducted at the proposed Marine Conference scheduled for Greece.
In a press statement released by WSA’s interim Director of Strategy and Communications, Isaac
Marshall, the efforts of stakeholders in promoting regional and international co-operation among various national and regional bodies was recognized.
“Today, we are excited to announce the birth of the much-awaited international co-operation among players in the maritime industry. WSA is now a reality with a resolve to sustain the interests of ship owners in order to serve the global economy in an atmosphere of healthy business competition to the advantage of consumers and stakeholders.
“The new body was conceptualised and established by mainly owners of Offshore Supply Vessels and big players in the marine business as a partner to maritime bodies including the International Maritime Organisation in order to build a sustainable marine platform for the advancement of the global economy.
“WSA is committed to strategic collaboration with partners across the globe in order to meet the expectations of industry stakeholders by actively engaging existing and potential individual and corporate members, trade bodies and
regulators.
“At the maritime round table, an interim team headed by Nigeria-born Forbes billionaire and President of Slok Group, Orji Kalu, was unanimously appointed.” a part of the statement read.
Marshall further added that, that from now on activities of the worldwide shipping body will be coordinated from Abuja, Nigeria.
Other members of the team are Romanian Forbes billionaire, Gabriel Popoviciu (Treasurer), Isaac Marshall (Director,Strategy and Communications), Mr. Thomas Cheng (Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs), Al-Fayed Hassan (Head of Membership and Partnerships) and Tiffany Richmond (Head of Administration and Legal) according to reports.

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