Ranked 369th out of 405 ports, i.e. among the last, by the 'Container Port Performance Index' (CPPI) of 2023, made public by the World Bank a few days ago, the port of Port-Louis must adopt a shift to reverse steam. This is the wish of the Prime Minister's Office.

A committee was set up to come up with concrete measures to improve the situation. It is chaired by the Head of Civil Service and Cabinet Secretary in the Prime Minister's Office, Premode Neerunjun. A World Bank mission is due to arrive later in June to help Mauritius improve the port's performance.

This committee was established before the publication of this report. As a reminder, last year's report ranked Mauritius in 330th place out of 347 ports in the world. The difference is that this time around, 55 new ports have been added to the index. Taking these new entrants into account, the World Bank estimates that Port-Louis has fallen 42 places.

“We've had the report for a while now. It confirms what we already know. We were aware of the container handling part in the port well before the report came. We are working to try to turn things around,” says Jérôme Boulle, president of the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA).

The latter specifies that the report took into account the handling of containers in the different ports examined. “But the port is much more than that. It is also bunkering, which is in full development, maritime services and even cruise ships which dock in Port-Louis. In six months we had 45 cruise ships. This has a significant contribution to tourist arrivals,” he says.

The three best-performing ports in the world are, in order, Yangshan (China), Salalah (Oman) and Cartagena (Colombia). The three worst performers in the world are Mersin (Turkey), Ngqura (South Africa) and Cape Town (South Africa). The latter is positioned in 405th place

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