Council Sets Multimodal Operation Liberalization in Motion

ADDIS ABABA  – Government’s Logistics Council has endorsed a scheme to start opening up multimodal operations for private sector.

Officials see the transport and logistics sector as a game changer to maintain the east African country’s economic growth trajectory.

Members of the Council, in their 11th meeting Tuesday, reviewed the progress of the activities conducted to improve the logistics sector.

Transport minister Dagmawit Moges said, while appreciating the improvement, the council noted the need for an “enhanced collaborative effort to significantly transform” the logistics sector.

The sector is one of the areas that the government pushing to libralise as part of its economic reform.

According to the Dagmawit, the issue was a subject of Council of Logistics’ discussion.

“After in-depth deliberation, the council has endorsed the launching of multimodal operation liberalization,” the Minister said in a tweet.

The government first introduced the multimodal operation (land, sea or road transportation services) in the country under Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Services Enterprise (ESLSE) monopoly.

Meanwhile, during the Logistics council meeting, “a decision has been made to relaunch the expression of interest notification for the purchase of trucks with the supplier’s credit modality,” said Transport Minister Dagmawit.

The ministry of Logistics and Transparent recently announced itd plan to procure 3200 trucks to meet the burgeoning demands for road freight transport services.