Port of Rades is not to be privatised (Minister of Transport) | Tunisia News Gazette

Port of Rades is not to be privatised (Minister of Transport)

“The port of Rades is not to be privatised, unlike what was reported by some media,” Minister of Transport, Radhouane Ayara said on Friday.

“Rather, it is the Tunisian Maritime Stevedoring and Handling Company (STEM), which is looking for a strategic partner to improve its port services”, he told reporters, on the sidelines of an information day.

The minister believes that “the restructuring of the STAM is necessary to meet the needs of the national economy in terms of import and export and the expectations of the private sector”.

“STAM has finalised an investment plan of 80 million dinars, for the acquisition of new equipment, in addition to the decision taken for the redevelopment of platforms 8 and 9,” he said during this meeting organised by the General Directorate of Customs.

On the situation of the Port of Rades, the Minister pointed out that “because of the work that is undertaken and which will end in late 2018, some activities were spread over to other ports, (Bizerte, Sousse, Sfax, Gabes), which made it possible to make port traffic more fluid “.

He said “the entry into service in June 2018 of the new terminal operating system (TOS), will further improve the performance of the port”.

He also announced that an agreement will soon be signed with Huawei to set up a visual control system at all Tunisian ports.

Source: TAP News Agency

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