Lunedì, 15 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Aqaba hub chief vows to boost port

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Rome, September 5 - The head of Aqaba's burgeoning
enterprise hub vowed Thursday to realise the full potential of
the port facilities in the exciting new business area of
Jordan's strategic coastal city.
Aqaba Special Economic Zone (ASEZA) chief Kamel Mahadin said
on the margins of a trade and transport conference: "We are
fully committed to developing Aqaba port's community with a
total value of 400 million Jordanian dinars ($565 million) as
part of our obligation towards the development of the Jordanian
economy by empowering the transport and energy sectors".
"Aqaba has a unique vision set out by His Majesty King
Abdullah II and it is being realized on the ground as we can all
see".
During a meeting with Transport Minster Lina Shbeeb, Mahadin
emphasized the decentralized governance model that Aqaba enjoys
which allows for more flexibility and a quick decision-making
process which is reflected in the competitiveness of Aqaba's
investment climate.
During the conference Mahadin said "Aqaba has indeed
developed into a central logistics and transport hub in the
region. This is attributed to its strategic location, modern
multi-model transportation network and competitive investment
climate".
Minster Shbeeb accompanied Mahadin on a tour of Aqaba's
major projects and said she admired all that has been
accomplished so far.
She stressed the importance of the partnership that exists
between the ministry and ASEZA in developing means of enhancing
and developing the Jordanian transport sector.
Shbeeb was also briefed by Ghassan Ghanem, the chief
executive officer of Aqaba Development Corporation (ADC), the
central development arm of ASEZA.
Ghanem explained the projects ADC has executed or has in the
pipeline and highlighted the importance of introducing new port
facilities including a terminal for liquid natural gas and
liquid petroleum gas.
Ghanem highlighted "the strategic importance of this
important project for Jordan".
The second edition of the Trade and Transport Facilitation
conference, which kicked off on Tuesday, provides a unique
occasion for government officials, trade specialists and
professionals from the public and private sector to brainstorm,
share knowledge and discuss best practices in their sectors.
The conference is especially focused on the single-window
system - a trade facilitation idea that enables international,
cross-border traders to submit regulatory documents at a single
location and/or single entity.
Under the guidance of ASEZA Chief Commissioner Mahadin and
with the cooperation of Minister Shbeeb, the event is hosted by
ACE, the Aqaba Centre of Excellence, a regional platform for
computerized trade-facilitation initiatives in the Middle East
and Africa.
ACE is the result of cooperation between the United Nations
Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and ASEZA.
ACE hosts regional and global conferences gathering
representatives from both public and private sectors with the
active participation of the Ministry of Transport of Jordan,
Jordan Customs and ASEZA.

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