The prizes included 77 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and DR Congo from the East Africa region.
Kenya-based Del Monte Foods, Inc. became the country’s Exporter of the Year.
Bolloré Transports & Logistique from the Siginon Group won the prize for best freight carrier and best regional freight logistics provider, as well as the prize for best practices in occupational health and safety. The Group received the global award for the best storage company.
ESL Forwarders won the best clearing and forwarding agent in Kenya award, while the best clearing and forwarding agent in Tanzania goes to Tahafresh Handling Limited.
The best shipping company went to Gulf Badr Group (K) Limited; Best Shipping Agent (Shipping Agency) was won by CMA CGM Kenya Limited and ELS Forwarders won Best Shipping Agent (Tramp Agency) award. The best freight consolidator went to ECU Worldwide Kenya Limited.
The Kenya Manufacturers Association and the Uganda Clearing and Shipping Industry Association won the award for Best Private Sector Business Membership Organization in Kenya and Uganda, respectively.
In some categories, Freight Logistics magazine editor-in-chief Githua Kihara won the marine journalist of the year award. Martin Mwita and Hilary Makokha, both from The Star newspaper, were respectively 1st and 2nd finalists. Mary Ireri and Gilbert Langat respectively won the Young Achiever Award as Lifetime Achievement Award.
Congratulating the winners KPA Ag. General Manager Amb. John Mwnagemi said the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the critical role the maritime sector plays in building global supply chains.
“Despite the pandemic, sailors in the East African region, and indeed around the world, continue to make personal sacrifices to work behind the scenes to ensure that food, medicine and other essential supplies reach our coasts.
“I salute your tenacity and determination. Thanks to your drive and vision, you have proven your worth in the competitive marine industry. Your hard work has earned the recognition of your colleagues in the industry and will undoubtedly be a shining example for others to follow., “ Amb. Mwangemi said.
Recognizing the participants, Edward Oswe, Managing Director of the Marketing Society of Kenya (the coordinator of the EAMA 2020 event), said the team was encouraged by the growing interest in the EAMA award in the region, adding that the ‘EAMA continues to strengthen the maritime industry as it matures. .
“We have seen an increase in the growth in attendance at EAMA 2020 despite the pandemic. This year we received 77 registrations up from the 64 received in the previous edition – representing Kenya, the Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We hope that other East African countries not represented in this year’s awards will be part of the next edition of EAMA “, Oswe said.
The East Africa Maritime Awards (EAMA) are a strategic initiative of the Authority 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 service delivery, to appreciate outstanding contribution to industry and the economy, to encourage innovation and to improve overall performance.