The African Shipowners Association in collaboration with the African Union Commission, held an African Shipowners Conference at the Savoy Hotel, Mahé, Seychelles, and hosted by the Government of the Republic of Seychelles from 23rd to 25th April 2018. In attendance were the following countries: Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Seychelles, South Africa and Sudan.
The Conference was also attended by the following organizations: International Maritime Organization (IMO), Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA), Afrexim Bank, Pan African Association for Port Cooperation, African Women in Maritime (WIMA), Nexim Bank, and Women in Maritime in East and Southern Africa (WOMESA).
Part of the resolutions at the Conference was a call to establish a Pan African Shipping Line, and the Host Government supported that decision by offering to host the Headquarters.
Membership is open to Africans who owns vessels, operates vessels, whilst the Association will also consider applications from other organizations or establishments critical to the Shipping Industry on a case by case basis.