PILOTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD COME TO DAKAR
The website dedicated to the event: www.impadakar2018.com is already open and online registration is available.
The International Association of Maritime Pilots (IMPA) has chosen Dakar, the Senegalese capital, to host its 24th Congress, from 22 to 27 April 2018.
This is a first on African soil; and a great honor.
Located in West Africa and known as the “Teranga country” because of its legendary hospitality, Senegal has been heavily influenced by the French. Bordered by 720 km of coast on the Atlantic Ocean, its main port is Dakar Port with 3 secondary ports: Kaolack, Saint Louis and Ziguichor.
The CFA franc (XOF) is the local currency.
Senegal’s primary industries are fishing, tourism and associated services however large quantities of gas and oil have recently been discovered. The country’s history and culture are very rich and diverse, and sites such as the island of Gorée, the artisanal village of Soumbédioune, Bandia reserve etc. provide inspiring insights in to Senegal’s fascinating past.
In Senegal, there is a single association of maritime pilots called the Professional Union of Maritime Pilots. We have been members of IMPA since 2004. The association has already organized two international forums on pilotage in collaboration with IMPA and AMPA in 2008 and 2010.
The organizing committee of this, the 24th IMPA congress hopes it can count you among its guests and looks forward to welcoming you to our country.
Once here, you will have the opportunity to discover the cultural richness, the exoticism and the savoir-faire of the Senegalese people.
Teranga means hospitality. In Senegal, hospitality is more than an art and culture; it’s a way of life. Teranga is the spirit of camaraderie, tolerance, and acceptance of one another.