The development of the Ports Law is of critical importance to define the best possible combination of the rights and obligations of public and private institutions that maximize the benefits of better quality of services, increased efficiency and, ultimately contribution to trade facilitation (imports, exports and transit flows).
The Mozambican Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) elaborated the draft Law of Ports in 2018. In April 2019, CTA requested SPEED+ to review the draft Law. A nationwide consultation process led by MTC is underway and dedicated workshops are expected to take place in Maputo, Beira and Nacala during the first two weeks of May. The approval of the law per se is a good step in the right direction but can not be seen as a panacea for the challenges faced by Mozambique in the Ports sector. In other words, it is a necessary condition but not a sufficient one to address Mozambique’s trade facilitation challenges in port services.
SPEED+ worked with CTA to review the draft Ports Law proposed by MTC, identify any gaps or inadequacies in relation to international best practices, identify the best way of addressing them within the legal/regulatory/economic context, assess how well they are addressed in the proposed law, and draft a position paper for CTA with recommendations for how critical issues should be addressed either within the Ports Law or through other mechanisms.