Algiers-Nouakchott commercial shipping line inaugurated

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ALGIERS- The commercial shipping line linking Algiers to the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott opened on Thursday in a move to facilitate and strengthen trading between the two countries.

The shipping line linking Algiers to the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott was inaugurated on Thursday, which is likely to facilitate and strengthen trade between the two countries.

The inauguration ceremony at Algiers seaport was presided over by the Minister of Transport, Aïssa Bekkaï, in the presence of the Minister of Trade and Export Promotion, Kamel Rezig, the Minister of Culture, Soraya Mouloudji, Algiers’ Governor Ahmed Mabed and the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in Algeria, Widadi Ould Sidi Hiba.

This line, “commercial par excellence”, is part of “cooperation and the strengthening of Algerian-Mauritanian ties of friendship in accordance with the instructions of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune”, declared the Minister of Transport, Aissa Bekkai.

After the opening of this commercial maritime line and the agreement with Mauritania on the construction of the Tindouf-Zouérat road, Algeria is working on the opening of an airline between Algiers and Nouakchott, explained Mr. Bekkai.

The opening of new lines and the availability of means of transport will breathe new life into exports on which the State is betting as part of the strategy of development and diversification of exports, added the Minister.

For his part, the Minister of Trade and Export Promotion, Kamel Rezig affirmed that “the construction of the road linking Tindouf and Zouerat, the opening of the maritime commercial line and soon the air line between the two capitals, in addition the entry into force of the AfCFTA at the beginning of next June will allow Algerian exporters to access the Mauritanian and West African markets.

For his part, the Mauritanian ambassador welcomed the launch of the “Gouraya” ship which will ensure the maritime line between the two capitals. These lines (land, sea and air) will create a complementary model to follow, he added.

For his part, the CEO of the Algerian National Navigation Company (CNAN-MED), Noureddine Koudil specified that the ship “Gouraya” was chosen for its capacity to transport all types of goods which can reach 7,000 tons of goods, i.e. 400 containers.

For her part, the CEO of the Algerian maritime transport group (GATMA), Nadia Rabia thanked all those who contributed to the launch of this commercial shipping line.

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