Today a meeting was held at the headquarters of the Supreme Port Council under the leadership of Dr Hisham, the minister of transport, and in the presence of Admiral Mohab Mameesh, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and Suez Canal economic zone and Dr Ismail Abdel Ghaffar, president of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport and a number of heads of ports and navigation rooms, the General Federation of Chambers and Maritime Society.
At the start of the meeting, the Minister of Transport assured that the Egyptian ports have witnessed the implementations of many development projects in many aspects, as well as the establishment of many stations, developing services and a rising capacity of trades across the ports.
He pointed out the importance of the maritime transport sector in supporting the Egyptian economy, which has led the Ministry of Transport in coordination with the Suez Canal Economic Authority to formulate a comprehensive plan for the Egyptian ports aiming at making use of their geographical location, maximizing their competitiveness for international trade, and increasing its shares in transit trade and maximizing the use of the available facilities at the ports.
He stressed on the importance of ensuring optimal use of assets, increasing productivity, efficiency of the ports, expanding market shares and attracting investments. In addition to the importance of having a diverse transport system of high efficacy and providing the infrastructure required to link ports internally and externally. He stressed the need to implement clear specific short and long term plans focusing on developing detailed investment plans and preparing a strategy for the future development of port activities taking into consideration the expectations of the trade movement till 2030, the demands, and absorptive capacity required for these expectations. He pointed to the need to strengthen partnership with African nations in the shipping industry especially after appointing Egypt the African Presidency earlier this year which highlights the importance of the Supreme Council port meeting.
During the meeting several issues were discussed, most importantly the follow-up to the implementation of decisions made in the previous Supreme Council meeting held on 27/3/2018 under the leadership of the Prime Minister. They also viewed the developments made in several aspects such as mechanisms on combating smuggling, implementation of the electronic network and the comprehensive bill.
It was also provisionally agreed to a comprehensive review of maritime legislations in order to meet the global developments and the requirements of the International Maritime Organization.