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Tanzania: Dar Port Cargo Traffic Grows At 14 Per Cent

Tanzania_port_authority.jpgDar Es Salaam port’s annual cargo traffic growth now stands at 14, the Acting Director General of the Tanzania Ports Authority, Mr Awadhi Massawe, says.He told editors of Tanzania media houses on a familiarisation tour of the Dar es Salaam Port that major infrastructural improvement and good working relations with port users were behind steady cargo traffic growth at the port.

“The traffic growth is steady and encouraging,” he told the editors, adding: “all of these can be translated into two cardinal service delivery tenets: good working relations and understanding what the stakeholders want.”

Mr Massawe said major reforms and infrastructural development projects that have been executed in recent years sought to enhance the port’s performance, telling editors that 40 per cent of the government revenue comes from ports.

It was only pertinent and rational that editors and port authorities work together to ensure ports work efficiently for the good of the nation, the acting director general said appealing to editors: “let’s work together to ensure ports have a good image and perform well so that they generate requisite revenue for the welfare of Tanzanians.”

On behalf of the editors the chairman of Tanzania Editors’ Forum (TEF), Mr Absalom Kibanda who is also the Chief Managing Editor of New Habari Corporation, appreciated reforms and improvements at the port.

He also said TPA and the government should focus on improving railway transport because, it was the cheapest and probably the quickest haulage system if it worked well.

“With efficient TRL or TAZARA cargo trains the flow of cargo from Dar es Salaam port will be steady and economical,” he said, noting that without reliable railway transport all efforts by TPA would be meaningless.
Source: Tanzania Daily News

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The Ministry of Transport expressed its commitment in ensuring the construction of a port in Rukwa Region and a sum of 800m/- has been set aside in the 2015/2016 financial year for the purpose.
Deputy Minister Charles Tizeba told the National Assembly here that his ministry, through the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) has identified the importance of Karema area for construction of the port, instead of construction of a small jetty at the area for passengers only.
The port, he said, would handle cargo and passengers from Kilemie port in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
For that purpose, the deputy minister said, TPA has already floated a tender to conduct feasibility study for construction of the port.
According to him, the tender was announced on March 9, this year and opened on April 7, this year whereas 21 companies submitted their bids.
Among them, Dr Tizeba said, 10 companies succeeded in the initial stage. The deputy minister pointed out that analysis on the tendering process to get companies that would submit request for proposals was going on and the exercise was expected to be completed this month.
Once the tendering process is completed, he said, the winner would start the feasibility study to identify the type and size of the port that would be required.
He was responding to a question by Moshi Selemani Kakoso (Mpanda Rural- CCM), who pointed out that about three years have passed since the construction of Karema port was to start. Mr Kakoso said that it was surprising to see that since then construction work has not been concluded.
He, therefore, wanted to know when the work would begin and be completed. The deputy minister agreed that it was true the construction of the jetty at Karema has taken long since 2010 and the situation was caused by the contractor, Modspan Enterprises Company, whose contract was terminated by TPA in April, last year.
Responding to a supplementary question by Ally Kessy (Nkasi North-CCM), the Minister, Mr Samwel Sitta caused laughter in the House when he volunteered to represent the Prime Minister to officiate the inauguration of a port that has not been opened since its construction was completed.
The minister claimed that about six months have passed since the construction of Kipili port was constructed and no official opening has been made since then.
The minister supported the legislator on the matter, pointing out that it was earlier planned for the premier would officiate the opening of the port.
But, Mr Sitta said, if the prime minister would not have enough time to do so, he was ready to go on the premier’s behalf if the residents at the area would consent considering this is an election year, it would be a good opportunity to move here and there.
Source: Tanzania Daily News

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