Government of Mozambique prepares legal framework of coastal shipping service

15 April 2016

The committee responsible for drafting the proposal for a legal framework for the resumption of coastal shipping (cabotage) services in Mozambique should submit the final version in the next few days, according to a source from the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

The source, cited by daily newspaper Notícias, said that the committee is currently collecting contributions to add to the proposal, which when it is completed will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

With this in mind, a meeting of technical staff for marine transport took place a few days ago in Maputo and an announcement was made that the government wants the private sector to be the “main player in the revitalisation process of the cabotage service in the country.”

The Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique (CTA) recommended, in a study published in 2015, the revision of the legal framework and design of a strategy and action plan to make cabotage a factor for generation and part of the dynamics of socio-economic growth in the country.

This recommendation from the private sector recognises that Mozambique, which has a coastline of about 2,700 kilometres, has not properly harnessed this potential for transporting people and goods. (macauhub/MZ)