23 November 2012

Angola: Siemens Offers to Supply Vehicle Control Systems

Luanda — The director for Urban Mobility of the German multinational engineering and electronics conglomerate company, Siemens, Frederico Rauter, said Friday in Luanda that his institution is open to cooperate with the provincial Governments in providing technological systems that facilitate the mobility and control in the transport sector.

Speaking to Angop about intelligent transport systems that will be one of the topics at the ongoing edition of the Transport Fair (Expotrans), the official said that towns have an increasingly important economic and social drive and the transport sector must accompany this urban growth.

In the global world, cities compete with each other, both within the same country or continent and in order for a city to be competitive, an important component is the way it runs mobility, whether of people or goods, he stressed."This competition is observed in economic sector between public and private companies and, if they are in a city with little mobility, they have a added cost and lose efficiency, which becomes dramatic when you're competing in a global world," he explained.

All this, he added, comes down as an important component of social competitiveness, through factors such as social inclusion, regional integration and entrances/exits of cities, meeting schedules, rapid delivery of products and preservation of the environment, which also is important in this process.

According to the head of Siemens, cities should have their basic structures that are the infrastructure such as roads, railways and maritime facilities to facilitate the movement of people and goods.The second edition of Expotrans2012 is being attended by more than 80 participants representing institutes, public and private companies and local and consulting agencies.

Held under a partnership between the Ministry of Transport and the Luanda International Fair (FIL), the event aims to create a transportation network that effectively coordinates the territory and enhances the strategic position of Angola.

The restructuring of the public transport companies, as well as professionalisation of their management models for a greater efficiency and profitability also appears as one of the aspects to be addressed at Expotrans.

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