Mozambique and Portugal cooperate in maritime transport and ports

29 June 2017

A memorandum of understanding in the field of maritime transport and ports, focused on investments and strengthening bilateral relations, was signed on Tuesday in the Portuguese city of Matosinhos as part of a visit to Portugal by the Mozambican Minister of Transport and Communications of Mozambique, Carlos Fortes Mesquita.

The document was signed in Matosinhos, in the district of Porto, after a visit to the port of Leixões, Portuguese news agency Lusa reported, adding that Portugal was represented by the Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino.

Carlos Fortes Mesquita pointed out that Mozambique “has an extremely strategic geographic position” for transportation and logistics, particularly in countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Congo and northeastern South Africa.

The Portuguese minister said that this memorandum could have practical application in areas such as training and sharing of technological solutions, such as the single port window, the single logistics window and the coastal maritime traffic system (VTS).

The meeting in the port of Leixões, which is managed by the APDL – Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo, included a visit to the Ship Coordination Centre, port terminals and logistics platform, as well as the Cruise Terminal, which was inaugurated in July 2015. (macauhub)