CEO OF AQABA CONTAINER TERMINAL
Jordan 2016 I Transport I Interview
BIOGRAPHY He worked for Maersk Group for 28 years. Held senior positions in Safmarine, and APM Terminals and in 2006 he was appointed as regional CFO for APMT’s Europe and North Africa portfolio and in 2011 as Director of Brasil Terminal Portuario, South America’s largest port.
ACT IS PROUD TO BE THE KINGDOM’S ONLY CONTAINER TERMINAL AND THE CENTER OF INTERNATIONAL IMPORT AND EXPORT ACTIVITY FOR JORDAN.
CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT APM TERMINALS INVESTMENT PLANS IN JORDAN?
APM Terminals is interested in participating in other investments in Jordan as well, be it infrastructure investment, logistics investment, or whatever other opportunities that would make business sense to the Maersk Group.
ACT TERMINALS HAS BEEN CONSIDERED A MODEL FOR PRIVATIZATION PROJECT IN THE KINGDOM. WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR THE SUCCESS OF THIS PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP?
Jordan’s transport and logistics sector have huge potential for expansion. ACT is proud to be the Kingdom’s only container terminal and the center of international import and export activity for Jordan. Sound operations, committed management and strategic planning have enabled ACT to generate immense economic, social and environmental value for Jordan through its direct and indirect contributions to the economic and social development of the country.
ACT benefits from the world-class operational and commercial standards of its parent company, APM Terminals. APM Terminals, and Maersk Group as a whole, has been a global leader in the shipping and container industry for more than 100 years. ACT draws from this foundation of knowledge and resources to help ACT achieve its full commercial potential through strong operational performance, enhanced training and workforce leadership.
The advantages of ACT’s links with APM Terminals are undeniable as the company continues to build upon past successes and moves forward with plans to maximize Aqaba’s commercial potential. ACT’s vision is to serve Jordan in the same way that APM Terminals serves the countries where it operates as part of the company’s commitment to “helping nations achieve their ambitions and businesses reach their goals”.
WHAT IS APM TERMINALS STRATEGY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF DRY PORTS IN JORDAN?
The Aqaba Logistics Village (ALV) aim to support the vision of HM King Abdullah II and develop Aqaba Special Economic Zone as a regional hub for logistics and cargo support. ALV has a national role in supporting Jordan’s economy through the maintaining of Aqaba’s competitive edge in service provision to local and transit traders and agents. The newly completed ALV Phase 2 facility includes 13,000 square meters of multi-purpose warehousing alongside 40,000 square meters of open yard.
ALV Phase 2 has been designed to allow the flexibility of handling a wide variety of cargoes as regional and international trading patterns continue to evolve in the Middle East. ALV’s developed land now encompasses 24 hectares (59 acres) with an additional 20 hectares (49 acres) of area expected to be developed within the next two years. The International Committee of the Red Cross became the first major distribution contract concluded for ALV Phase 2 with plans to use Aqaba as a central supply hub for humanitarian aid supplies.
THE SOCIAL COMMITMENT IS AMONG APM TERMINALS PRIORITIES IN JORDAN. CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT ACT IMPACT IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES?
ACT is a driver of economic and social development in Jordan. ACT makes a significant economic contribution to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan through wages and benefits, taxes, royalty payments, payments to suppliers, contractors and investors. The company has almost 1,000 employees, 99.5% of which are Jordanian. ACT also supports a whole ecosystem of indirect employees in the supply chain, boosting the socio-economic development of communities in Aqaba and beyond.
Supporting the local community is part of ACT’s corporate social responsibility and its commitment to making a positive impact on Aqaba. All of ACT’s CSR programs are undertaken in Aqaba and the surrounding villages so it can maximize the relevance and local impact of the company’s support. ACT community activities provide meaningful support for young people and families through the provision of education, food, household items and activities.
Through these programs, ACT forms strong connections with people from the communities in which the company works and lives. Actively engaging with the community in this way also creates opportunities for employees to contribute to social goals through volunteering and community programs.