Various papers focusing on the activities of land transport, revitalization of the railway and development of marine transport were presented in the symposium of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which is underway in Mendefera town.
Mendefera, 3 March 2011 – Various papers focusing on the activities of land transport, revitalization of the railway and development of marine transport were presented in the symposium of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, which is underway in Mendefera town.
In a paper she presented at the symposium, the Director General of Land Transport Department, Ms. Senait Lijam, outlined the history and development of land transport in Eritrea, and the undertaken tasks in the 20 years of independence. She went on to say that encouraging outcomes have been achieved in this regard.
Pointing out that the number of vehicles in relation to density of the people in Eritrea is greater than in neighboring countries, the Director General said that traffic signs were put in place in different places so as to reduce accidents, besides introducing modern traffic monitoring system. She also added strict criteria have been introduced for issuing a driving license.
Furthermore, Ms. Senait stated that strenuous endeavors would be carried out to provide modern and equitable transport so as to accommodate the expansion of economic activities in Eritrea.
The head of the Eritrean Railway Transport, Mr. Amanuel Gebreselasie, presented a paper highlighting the endeavors carried out to revitalize train transport in Eritrea. He said that the work accomplished in the past years demonstrates the principle of self-reliance on the ground.
In a briefing he gave regarding the historical development of train transport in Eritrea in different stages, Mr. Amanuel said that though the railway line from Massawa-Asmara-Bisha constructed by the Italian colonials had been efficient, it was totally destroyed with the coming the British and Ethiopian colonial powers. But, the railway was revitalized through the Eritrean government’s substantial budget and deployment of diligent manpower, he added.
Noting the importance of reconstructing railway in promoting tourism potential, Mr. Amanuel indicated that preparations are underway to commence regular railway transport services from Asmara to Massawa.
As regards to paper presented on marine transport, the Director General of marine transport department, Mr. Gebremedhin Habte disclosed the marine transport has now become competitive and reliable as a result of the work conducted especially in developing infrastructure, renovating and expanding ports, all-round development of infrastructure, developing work procedure, equipping harbors with modern facilities.
The Director General stated that the port city of Massawa has shown growth by 67% at a cost of 1.4 billion Nakfa, and that its activities continue to rise by 16% annually. He also said that vigorous efforts are underway to prevent sea pollution.
Pointing out that the objective of the Department is to maintain unpolluted Eritrean marine territory and promote the culture of efficient services, Mr. Gebremedhin said that the construction of modern and new regional Massawa Port, marine transport training center and introducing reliable work methodology are among the major programs of the department.
An exhibition reflecting the development of transport and communications and its challenges are being displayed to visitors along the papers being presented.