GIS - 24 January, 2018: Government is determined to have world class transportation systems, logistics and facilities for the sustainable growth of Mauritian economy. To this end, it is investing massively for the infrastructural development of the Port Louis Harbour into a preferred maritime hub offering a spectrum of associated services in the Indian Ocean.
The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit and Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, made this statement today at the official launching of the Mauritius Maritime Week 2018 (MMW) at the Ravenala Attitude Hotel in Balaclava.
The MMW, the Prime Minister underlined, is set to showcase the Port-Louis Harbour as an integrated platform for five main sectors, namely, container transhipment, bunkering, cruise tourism, seafood and ancillary port services. Over the last 50 years, Mauritius with its strategic geographical location has been able to transform itself into an important maritime logistics as well as a transport hub, he emphasised.
With regards to the quay extension project, Prime Minister Jugnauth recalled that it has enabled to position Mauritius as a full-fledged transhipment hub and major shipping lines have already expressed their interest to increase their container transhipment volumes. He highlighted that other major projects namely the development of the Riche Terre Special Economic Zone, an Island Container Terminal at Mer Rouge and a Cruise Terminal building, amongst others, are in the pipeline.
The Port Louis Harbour, Prime Minister Jugnauth pointed out, will undoubtedly become the fastest growing sector of the ocean economy and will have a leading role to play in the coming years.
Mauritius Maritime Week 2018
The MMW which is being held from 22 to 26 January 2018 is an international trade event organised by Transport Events Management Limited of Malaysia in collaboration with the Mauritius Ports Authority to showcase Port Louis Harbour as a cruise destination and maritime hub. The MMW also comprises the Indian Ocean Ports and Logistics (IOPL) 2018 Conference and Exhibition which will feature some 30 International Exhibition Stands.
The exhibitors include leading shippers, cargo owners, importers/exporters, shipping lines, freight forwarders, logistics companies, ports, terminal operating companies, railway operators, port equipment and service suppliers from the Indian Ocean islands and countries from Africa, Europe, and Asia.
The event is being attended by some 300 delegates who will be participating on topical issues related to global transportation and logistics conducted by international speakers.
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