Misrata Free Zone (MFZ), represented by the Director of the Technical Affairs Department, participated in the Conference of Container Ports on the African Continent (TOC Africa 2023) held in Tangiers, Morocco from 20 to 21 September.
The event highlighted the challenges and opportunities facing African ports and ways to develop them. The agenda included the importance of cooperation in the sectors of trade, transport and logistics between various actors in the field of maritime trade in Africa, supply chains, ensuring the smooth flow of intra-African trade, increasing the continent’s competitiveness, and developing infrastructure.
Speaking exclusively to Libya Herald, MFZ’s Media Office Director, Aladdin Baba, said the importance of participating in TOC Africa 2023 was to benefit from the successful experiences in the field of port terminals of the participating countries on the African continent. These countries have advanced and modern ports and port stations that contain multiple logistical services and technologies. These facilitate the work of ports and complete handling, transportation and storage operations in quick time, which contributes to increasing the confidence of international shipping lines in African ports.
MFZ to learn from African sector developments
Baba stressed that MFZ is actively participating in this important continental conference in order to learn about the development taking place in African ports, especially with regard to port stations and the new and innovative services they provide. Port stations do not have integrated operating sites that contain all the logistical services required by the lines.
He said MFZ Port is a good competitor to several ports in the southern Mediterranean basin, especially in the field of transit trade towards the African continent, and with permanent development it will be the first port for several international shipping lines.
The conference, organized at the initiative of the Port of Tangiers Med in partnership with TOC Worldwide, is an international meeting for port terminals and logistics, with the participation of representatives from 39 countries, including 20 countries from Africa, along with about 50 port and industrial actors, and more than 40 international speakers.