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Bolivia's vice president Álvaro García Linera has kicked off operations of the new public fluvial transport company, EPTF, at the El Sena fluvial port in Beni department.
EPTF will operate on the four largest branches of the Amazon river and aims to link small towns on the river's edge with larger cities and department capitals, providing cargo and passenger transport.
The project was supported by the agency for the development of macro-regions and border areas (Ademaf), state news agency ABI reported.
In its initial phase, EPTF will navigate the Madre de Dios and Beni rivers, conducting 12 crossings from Puerto Heath to Cachuela Esperanza, benefitting residents in the La Paz, Beni and Pando departments, according to Ademaf executive director Juan Ramón Quintana.
The government is also investing in construction of a new 2km landing strip and almond processing plant in El Sena and plans to build a highway to link Beni and Pando departments, which will include three bridges, Quintana said.