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Private investors keen on rail line to Duqm

 Staff Reporter

MUSCAT

Private investors have shown keen interest in the 1-billion-rial railway line from Al Shuwaymiyah and Manji in Dhofar to Duqm port. The 350-km project will facilitate the transportation of minerals between the two destinations.

Group CEO of Asyad (Oman Global Logistics Group) Abdulrahman Al Hatmi told Oman Tribune on Sunday that there was “a lot of interest” from private parties to develop the rail line, but things would progress once the mineral reserves were certified in the coming months. On completion, it would carry limestone from Manji and gypsum from Al Shuwaymiyah to Duqm Port.

Al Hatmi said the Sultanate would soon join the Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system, which would enable the faster movement of trucks across its borders. Formalities related to Oman’s accession to the TIR Convention are being completed, he added.

A TIR congress would be held in the Sultanate next year, said Al Hatmi, who was speaking on the sidelines of a function where the Asyad Group signed an agreement with the National Training Fund to develop human resources that can be utilised in the logistics sector.

He said the group was continuing to work on a restructuring plan to increase synergy between its various logistics businesses and help the country increase contribution of logistics sector in GDP to the targeted 14 billion rials by 2040.

On plans to develop Salalah as a multi-modal logistics hub that would grow on the synergy between the port, airport and freezone, Al Hatmi said: “We need to work more aggressively on this but the idea is to have an interconnected gateway.”

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