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Public transport operators in Luanda want improved infrastructure and more road safety

Urban public transport operators in Luanda presented a list of concerns to the Minister of State for Economic Coordination, José de Lima Massano. Among the concerns, presented this Wednesday, during a consultation meeting with urban public transport operators in that province, are road infrastructure, as well as road safety, with companies asking for “greater support from the Government and less bureaucracy in processes, so that they can provide a more efficient service to the population”.

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According to a Government statement, to which VerAngola had access, at the meeting the company representatives "put to the Government's consideration" issues linked to the "acquisition of parts and accessories, obtaining currency to purchase parts", as well as making an assessment of the effects resulting from the recent tariff adjustment.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, Carlos Carneiro, president of the Association of Urban Public Passenger Transport of Angola (TRANSCOL), stated that despite the recent price adjustment, the current tariff "is not the one desired" by the companies.

"If we look at what is predicted regarding the tariff of 0.60 cents on the dollar, which is already part of previous executive decrees, today we are at 0.17, almost 0.18 cents on the dollar. The difference is abysmal", mentioned, cited in the statement.

Edgar Oseias, administrator of Rosalina Express, mentioned the "loss of investment capacity on the part of businesspeople in the sector", the note reads.

According to the person responsible, the previous tariff did not generate "sufficient revenue to motivate any form of investment", having reached the point where the Government intervened. "The previous tariff did not generate enough revenue to motivate any form of investment, to the point that it was the Government that intervened, by way of credit, using the installment payment system, to recapitalize the companies", he stated.

For Mário Nzinghi, president of the Executive Committee of the National Integrated Ticketing Company (ENBI), it is necessary that all participants in the national transport system are "adjusted to the new form of service", in order to function and truly correspond to the citizens' expectations.

According to Mário Nzinghi, we are talking "at the level of the organization of the system itself": "We are talking at the level of the organization of the system itself, the model of the tariff system, which allows corrections to be made to tariffs so that they are maintained or guaranteed the sustainability of the activity itself".

On the occasion, Énio Costa, president of the Board of Directors of the National Land Transport Agency (ANTT), pointed out that "at the level of the province of Luanda, some infrastructures are being repaired, despite financial difficulties in carrying out some works", adding that with regard to security, work is being done with the National Police, with a view to strengthening security, "for better protection of circulating means", namely buses and railways.

Énio Costa clarified that "there is joint work being done that involves several ministerial departments".

"There is coordination being carried out and measures are being taken to ensure better security for passenger transport operators and all those who use these public services", he added.

This Wednesday's meeting took place at the former CDI in Cidade Alta and Ricardo D'Abreu and Vera Daves, ministers of Transport and Finance, respectively, were also present, as well as Manuel Homem, governor of Luanda.


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