MUSCAT: The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) on Sunday organised a seminar on ports and security under the auspices of H E Said bin Hamdoon al Harthy, Undersecretary for Ports and Maritime Affairs in the ministry.

More than 90 private and public sector representatives from the transport sector attended the day-long seminar at City Seasons Hotel held as part of the’The National Integrated Work Plan’. The seminar aimed to review the proposed national plan to enhance the competitiveness and integration of Oman’s ports.

The project, is part of MoTC’s long-term strategy to develop an integrated communication and logistics system, and emerge among the top ten performing countries in this sector by the year 2040.

Speaking on the occasion, Eng Hanan bint Salim al Rahbiyah, director general of planning and studies in MoTC said that the ministry seeks to build capacities to address the challenges faced in this sector.

She added that the plan aims to ensure smooth movement of goods across the country.

Affan bin Khalfan al Akhzami, director of planning and investment development department in the ministry said that first seminar on the project, which was held on January 20 reviewed the issues that affect the competitiveness of Oman’s ports and their integration with other stakeholders, such as the customs, ministries of Commerce and Industry, Health and Agriculture and Fisheries, banks, insurance companies, importers, exporters, shipping agents and customs clearance agents.

Meanwhile, about 100 representatives from public and private sectors organisations will be involved in preparation of the ninth five-year development plan for the ministry.