Hamed bin Zayed inaugurates Maqta Gateway
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Maqta Gateway was officially inaugurated this week in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court.
Maqta Gateway will enhance the efficiency of international trade services and is the latest step by Abu Dhabi to adopt best practices using the latest technologies to achieve the vision of Abu Dhabi 2030.
“Abu Dhabi Ports is committed to achieving a knowledge-based, sustainable and diversified economy, encouraging entrepreneurs and business owners to work in an environment based on innovation and enterprise,” said Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and chairman of Abu Dhabi Ports.
“Abu Dhabi Ports is investing in technology and bringing trade into the digital era. The creation of Maqta Gateway illustrates our commitment towards contributing to Abu Dhabi’s economic development and promoting a knowledge-based economy that features smart E government solutions that will facilitate trade,” he added.
“This will further strengthen Abu Dhabi Ports’ contribution and position in the UAE’s trade community, building on an advanced maritime and industrial infrastructure designed to attract trade to Abu Dhabi.”
Maqta Gateway has been fully developed by Abu Dhabi Ports, emphasising its forward-thinking corporate mandate and its commitment to digitalising trade and streamlining the exchange of information, while offering significant benefits to its customers in the UAE and around the world.
Maqta Gateway’s Port Community System has already attracted several customers and is currently linked to 10 ports in Asia and Europe, allowing them to track their routes before departing from their original destinations.
Efficiency, speed of transactions and access to information in real time serve as the basis for the transportation of goods in a safe and secure way. Maqta Gateway is already boosting the UAE’s ability to trade with emerging and global economies.
Designed to increase transparency, the platform uses a “Track & Trace” service that provides customers with all the information they need about their transactions; any time and from anywhere in the world. As a key outcome, relevant authorities are able to know what goods are coming into their country prior to their arrival.
“Abu Dhabi’s Port Community System represents a major milestone that has been successfully accomplished with the will and cooperation of our teams, our ongoing investment in the creativity of local talent and our development of the latest technology,” said Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi. “The interest given by developed countries to implement this system is due to it is vital role in promoting business growth, maximizing revenues and reducing operational costs."
“Maqta PCS has successfully developed more than 100 efficient and easy to use services, which has further encouraged a 100% adoption from our customers, in all ship management, export and import operations during the last period. This new system has also succeeded in creating fully intelligent maritime services designed in Abu Dhabi", he added.
Maqta Gateway is home to more than 100 services which offer significant benefits to customers, including ease of registration and payment, container services, general cargo services, as well as cruise ships services.
In the short time it has been operational, it has achieved 50 integration points and more than 35 international shipping partners, including global shipping companies. During beta testing in 2016, Maqta Gateway logged 37,000 vessel entries and 3.6 million digital transactions, showing there is an insatiable appetite for online services that provide seamless connections across the industry.
Maqta Gateway has ambitions to integrate with air cargo and land by 2019, and with other port community systems by 2020.