Muscat, The Ministry of Transport and

Communications, in partnership with the private sector, today launched

the National Electronic Transport Services Platform, as the first national

platform for transport services.

The inauguration ceremony was held under the patronage of

Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Futaisi, Minister of Transport and

Communications. Dr. al-Futaisi explained that the platform comes as a

complement to the ministry's efforts in regulating the land and maritime

transport sector and a translation of the land transport regulation

prepared under the Land Transport Law. He added that it also

represents a real and effective beginning to activate the regulation

stipulated in the land transport regulation.

He said that the platform was prepared and designed by one of

the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and it will activate and

maintain during the platform during the upcoming years. He pointed

out in a statement to reporters that the platform will provide information

and data in the future to link between service providers and service

demanders, which achieves safety and security for users of this sector.

He explained that the platform will ensure equality and justice among

service providers and reduce illicit trade in this sector.

Transport platform allows beneficiaries to issue and renew

transport registration cards, issue taxi licenses, exceptional cargo

permits, and permits for foreign vehicles to transport cargo (between

two points or to extend their stay for more than 7 days in the

Sultanate).

On the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony, Oman National

Transport Company (Mwasalat) signed an agreement with Al Raffd

Fund and Oman Post to facilitate transport services. The agreement

was signed by Ahmed bin Ali al-Balushi, CEO of Mwasalat, Tariq bin

Sulaiman al-Farsi, CEO of Al Raffd Fund and Abdul Malik bin Abdul

Karim al-Balushi, CEO of Oman Post.

The contribution of the logistic sector to the gross domestic

product (GDP) amounted to more than RO one billion. The number of

commercial vehicles in the Sultanate until 2018, was more than

230,000. In addition, Mwasalat transported in 2018 about 5.9 million

passengers. The National Ferries Company transferred in 2018, more

than 243,000 passengers, more than 62,000 vehicles and more than

13,000 consignments.

Source: Oman News Agency