This investigation should include an inventory to the shipping area, the identification of hub ports, analysis of technical and financial feasibility as well as the development of a business plan. The network will be managed by a public-private ports that serve the region complementary to existing lines of other shipping companies.
Conditions are required for the establishment of maritime cabotage, it is the increased production in the countries of the region to increase the volume of trade in goods; States involvement to improve and maintain port infrastructure, taking into account the economic development of neighboring countries in Eastern and Southern Africa, and the continued support of partners such as the European Union (EU) and the French Development Agency (AFD) sensitive to specific islands in the region. "Unlike our neighbors in East and Southern Africa, opening up our economies not through terrestrial infrastructure. Our highways are oceanic. Our stations are our ports. Our vehicles are our ships, "said the Secretary-General of the IOC, the Jean-Claude Estrac. Maritime cabotage transportation or short sea shipping (SSS), also called Short Sea Shipping (SSS), involves the carriage of goods and passengers by sea between ports together. For transport over longer distances we're talking about long-term navigation, for short distances, it is called boundary.