The Angolan government will promote the creation of public-private partnerships in the maritime, port and rail sector, the minister of Transport announced on Monday in Luanda, speaking at the opening of a meeting on the national transport sector master plan.
Minister Augusto da Silva Tomás said it was important to draw up a specific strategy for coastal shipping and transport of passengers and cargo on rivers, across the country, based on a business plan focused on reducing regional differences, improving mobility and increasing the income of rural populations, involving private entities with enough technology, resources and capacity for their execution.
He noted the construction of the new Luanda International Airport (NAIL) and Cuito-Bié (Joaquim Kapanga) and Cabinda (Maria Mambo Café) airports, the launch of the public tender for construction of the M’banza Congo airport, restoration and modernisation of the Benguela railway and the implementation of a project to link this railway line with Zambia from Moxico province.
The minister, quoted by Angolan news agency Angop, said that it was necessary to update and implement the business and promotion plan for Luanda International Airport, with the aim of using it as a platform between Latin America and Asia and the distribution of traffic to neighbouring countries, particularly in southern Africa.
The Minister also wants to prepare the executive project to connect the Benguela and Moçâmedes railways and then onward to neighbouring countries, in order to create an integrated rail network that promotes the mobility of people and goods across the country and with neighbouring countries, with greater security and at lower costs. (macauhub)