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Transport sector reviews legislation ahead of ongoing reforms

Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:56 - Updated Thu, 24 Sep 2020 10:56

Minister of transport Ricardo de Abreu

Photo: Pedro Parente

Luanda - Ministry of Transport (Mintrans) has announced a new institutional framework by creating new regulation and surveillance bodies in different areas to ensure a greater performance, ahead of the reforms underway in the sector.

Announcing the project,  minister Ricardo de D'Abreu said the new organs will be created in light of the Presidential Decree on the new organic status of the sector published in the country’s Gazette. 

Addressing a massage on Wednesday ahead of World Maritime Day on Thursday, the minister stated that this will result in need of revision in legislation, and in particular changing Navy, Merchant and Ports Law. 

In a plan described as very operational, the transport sector has launched other initiatives.

They cover the international public tender for Luanda Multiuse Terminal, the General Cargo and Containers Terminals, Lobito Mining Port.

The initiatives include restart of the works of Caio Port, start of the Integrated Development Project of Moçamedes Bay, facelift Soyo Port. 

The Fluvial and Maritime terminal of Soyo and Cabinda Port, the facelift of Porto Amboim, as the Maritime Port Services, with the shipyard and maritime support and Ferryboat services for the link between Soyo/Cabinda, are also part of the initiatives launched by the sector in the latest years. 

According to minister, the situation caused by the covid-19 imposes challenges to the sector to be resilient and to continue working with commitment. 

However, the official stated that 24th of September occurs at a particularly trying time for the world and for Angola, due to Covid-19 that affects the lives of more than two million seafarers, who serve the merchant fleet worldwide, including Angolans.