Arab Sea Ports Federation meets in Jordan
The Port of Aqaba has been described as an economic and naval beacon by the Prime Minister of Jordan, Abdullah Ensour.
Speaking at the 47th session of the Arab Sea Ports Federation, taking place in Aqaba, Ensour said the port is Jordan's sole sea gateway, connecting the Levant and the Arab Maghreb.
"We meet in the city of Aqaba, which is evolving in different economic, tourism, service and investment fields and sectors," said Ensour.
He stressed the importance of such meetings to keep pace with the future requirements of ports in view of their expanding transportation and handling activities.
The prime minister told Arab delegations that Aqaba's strategic location as a city overlooking four countries with an area not exceeding 10 kilometres in diametre, qualifies it as a commercial hub no less than Singapore or Hong Kong.
"In this context, we have to look for the future and glimpse the opportunity to plan for Aqaba's future as a meeting place for the Arabs," he said, adding that the Red Sea port will be a key connection for the Arabs. "Aqaba, and nowhere else, is the place for trade and land linkage between the Arab Levant and the Maghreb," he said.
He said the Aqaba Special Economic Zone is a brainchild of His Majesty King Abdullah II and ushered in the new Aqaba, turning the city into a vital and robust port, an engine of national growth, an investment destination and a regional business magnet due to its facilities and incentives as well as the legislation regulating business and investment.
Ensour urged the participants to focus on cooperating in expansion of maritime research, rescue and anti-pollution centres in addition to holding workshops on dealing with maritime disasters.