‘A leading innovator in port processes and information exchange’ – Morocco’s National Ports Agency (ANP) joins International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA)

31 March 2020

The International Port Community Systems Association (IPCSA) has expanded its broad-reaching membership once again, welcoming Morocco’s National Ports Agency (ANP) as its newest member.

ANP is a public institution which oversees all of Morocco’s ports, with the exception of Tanger Med. Its portfolio adds up to more than 30 ports, including Casablanca and Jorf Lasfar. The ANP subsidiary PortNet, the National Single Window/Port Community System, is already a member of IPCSA.

Tarik Maaouni, organisation and information systems director at ANP, said: “We are already familiar with IPCSA’s activities, experience and expertise, as PortNet is already active in a number of IPCSA workshops and initiatives. As part of IPCSA, ANP looks forward to sharing experiences with other countries and partners that share the same challenges in the port sector. We will benefit from learning the best practice of other IPCSA members, while also proposing our own ideas in order to deliver the full benefits of cooperation.”

PortNet is relatively young but also very advanced, and ANP is always looking to streamline processes through further innovations and improvements, he added.

“We now need to develop and improve information exchange processes at regional and international level; there are challenges, because of technical obstacles and the need to define common frameworks. IPCSA is very well positioned, including at EU and IMO levels, to help us to innovate in this field. We believe that creating better connected platforms for exchanging information is key to improving Moroccan business’s exports and imports.”

As a leader in the field of port innovation and processes, ANP is looking forward to sharing its own experience with IPCSA members, added Tarik Maaouni.

In recent years, Morocco’s ports sector has been the subject of important institutional and organisational reforms, in order to adapt to the demands of globalisation while also emphasising social responsibility and sustainable and equitable development.

As the authoritative and regulatory body of the Moroccan port system, ANP brings the entire port community together around common goals. It works to create a competitive port environment based on healthy competition, efficiency, transparency and good governance, while ensuring safe and quality services.

ANP has seven strategic priorities: preserving port heritage; contributing to the implementation of the national logistic strategy; simplifying and facilitating port transit procedures; continued implementation of port reform subject to Law 15-02; regulating activities and port operators; improving competitiveness in the port sector; and police, security and environmental protection in port zones.

Richard Morton, secretary general of IPCSA, said: “We are delighted to welcome ANP as our newest member. ANP’s subsidiary, PortNet, is already a very strong and proactive member of IPCSA and we look forward to expanding and building on that relationship. IPCSA’s strength is in our members’ experience and, as an organisation, we pride ourselves in sharing knowledge and expertise across our membership.”