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SA ready to host World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2020

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. The South African Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

Transport Minister addresses African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference 
 
October 15, 2019
 
Staff reporter
 
KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa: Transport minister Fikile Mbalula today announced that South Africa is ready to host the World Maritime Day Parallel Event in 2020 which will seek to showcase South Africa’s and the entire continents maritime capabilities.
 
Mbalula was making his keynote address at the African Ports and Rail Evolution Conference when he announced the state of readiness of South Africa.
 
The Conference brings under one roof, experts and specialists on Ports and rail transportation across the Region and globe from countries such South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Ghana, Egypt, Italy and Seychelles among others.
 
"South Africa is ready to host the World Maritime Day Parallel Event and we aim to showcase South Africa’s and the entire continents maritime capabilities and interests and a total transport multi-modal value chain during the October Transport Month of the year twenty, twenty (2020). The event will be here in the warm city of eThekwini and I wish to extend an invitation to all IMO Member States and all stakeholders," he said.

Minister Mbalula also highlighted and emphasized the significance of international and Regional integration, economic transformation and development in the rail and ports industry.
 
He also encouraged local trading and exports within the African Continent.
 
"Despite its vast market potential, Africa does not trade with itself. Experiences from other parts of the world, particularly the European Union with harder terrain and natures dis-advantages intra-trade accounts for over 80% of their trade with the rest of the world, SADC barely makes 15% intra-trade," he said. 

During the conference, delegates will deliberate on pertinent issues affecting the ports and rail industry across the continent and globe.