Angola’s main ports to be served by railroads

6 December 2010

Luanda, Angola, 6 Dec – The three main sea ports in Angola, Luanda, Lobito and Namibe, are to be able to transport goods via rail, the Angolan Transport Minister, Augusto Silva Tomás said in Luanda Thursday.

At the opening of the 3rd Meeting of Ports of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP), the minister said that in the short term, in the specific case of the port of Lobito, handling of ore from the Democratic Republic of Congo would begin again.

The minister also noted that the integration of sea, rail, road and port transport would, in the medium term, provide a high value strategic service in the region

The Transport Minister called for partnerships between the ports of CPLP member states to be established, as well as with other ports around the world, particularly in operational areas or those linked to professional training.

Tomás noted that the ports and the sea and port system and the logistics associated to international shipping, were “a determining pillar” for the economy, adding that over 80 percent of what Angola imports and exports is delivered by sea.

The minister said that the countries that neglected to invest in infrastructure and modernisation of ports risked losing the competitive battle in the context of international trade.

This meeting, which was themed, “Boosting trade and cooperation relations in the Portuguese-speaking world,” closed on Friday, and the 4th meeting is due to be held in Cape Verde. (macauhub)