Morocco to invest further in port traffic in 2021

ANP to increase port traffic by 3.6% next year
Atalayar_Puerto de Tánger Med Marruecos

PHOTO/AFP  -   This photograph, taken on 28 June 2019, shows a view of the container cranes in Terminal I of the port of Tangier Med, in the northern city of Tangier

Rabat - Port traffic will continue its upward trend during the next year to reach 95 million tonnes (MT), an increase of 3.6% compared to the forecasts for 2020, said, on Monday in Rabat, director general of the National Ports Agency (ANP) Nadia Laraki.

Laraki specified that the Agency will mobilize 2.2 billion dirhams of investments for the period 2021-2023, including 802.6 million dirhams for the year 2021, said a press release from the ministry.

The session was devoted to examining the budget plans for 2021. The objectives of the meeting were based on the implementation of large structural projects, the establishment of projects for the digitalisation and dematerialisation of port processes and the consolidation of the port regulation system. The Council confirmed with satisfaction the work carried out by the Agency to modernise national port traffic and the good development of its management indicators. 

ANP ports remained open as the only entry and exit of goods from the country during the confinement. Laraki indicated that the ports under the ANP have shown great agility in the face of the health crisis linked to the pandemic of the new coronavirus (covid-19), by quickly putting in place the processes adapted to the new context.

Atalayar_Terminal I del puerto de Tánger Med
PHOTO/AFP - Terminal I of the port of Tangier Med, in the northern city of Tangier

These ports recorded at the end of November 2020 a volume of 84.7 MT, up 5.3% compared to the same period of the past year. The port traffic will continue its upward trend for 2021 to reach 95 million tonnes, 3.6% more than forecast for 2020. 

Abdelkader Amara praised the efforts made by the ANP to ensure the continuity of the operation of the ports despite the conditions of this crisis, noting that during the lockdown, the ports remained the only border point open for the entry and exit of goods.

Furthermore, the ANP confirmed this month that they are launching their first digital Hackaton to provide solutions to the big challenges of the port sector. This was done in cooperation with the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The first digital Hackathon dedicated to innovation in the sector, port of Morocco, the "Smart Port Challenge 2020" was launched.