Bahrain to streamline air, sea, land transport
Manama, February 20, 2013
Bahrain aims to streamline the development of the kingdom’s transportation systems across air, land and sea, the Minister of Transportation has said.
The Strategic Plan for 2013-2016 has put together the framework by which the Ministry of Transportation (MoT) will achieve this aspiration, said Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed.
This is based on five main pillars which include: enhancing regulation to ensure strong governance; improved safety and security in line with international regulations; developing services to provide stakeholders with efficient and accessible service at all times; enhancing an integrated and improved infrastructure across all modes of transport; capacity and human resources’ building whereby we equip our professionals with the training and qualifications required to do their job better; and opening opportunities for increased investment and job creation that aim to contribute positively to the Bahraini economy, he said, addressing members and guests of the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) at the group’s monthly luncheon held at the Gulf Hotel.
Under the recent restructure of MoT, following a Royal Decree, the ministry’s responsibilities include the development and regulation of Bahrain’s Civil Aviation Affairs, Ports and Maritime Affairs, Land Transportation and Bahrain Post, he said.
“We are looking at some of the world’s best transport structures and models and will be collaborating with our partners in the private and public sector to help us realize our vision for the industry.”
“The Kingdom of Bahrain has long been considered the gateway to the region. This location, combined with the Kingdom’s excellent infrastructure and transportation links, have positioned the country as the perfect hub for easy access to the emerging GCC market by land, air and sea,” said the Minister.
The MoT’s efforts to improve its communications across all platforms, including digital and social media, will enable the ministry to become a more responsive and accessible organization for its customers, he stressed.
The BBBF is a growing network of businessmen and women in Bahrain, which now has over 460 members. – TradeArabia News Service