‘Allow TPA to use 40% of revenues to improve ports’

05Feb 2019
Felister Peter
The Guardian
‘Allow TPA to use 40% of revenues to improve ports’

MEMBERS of Parliament have suggested that the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) retain 40 percent of its annual collections for improvement of other strategic harbors.

The parliamentary infrastructure committee said in an activity report to the House that TPA collects 270bn/- annually, which is all placed into government coffers.

The MPs were concerned that TPA should improve other ports in Dar es Salaam, Mtwara, Kigoma and Kalema to increase efficiency and boost revenue collections.

The chairman of the infrastructure committee, Moshi Kakoso said the government should permit TPA to spend at least 40 percent of its annual collections to improve the other ports at a cost of 20bn/- for each of those ports.

He was tabling before the House the committees’ activity report from January 2018 to January 2019.

Dar es Salaam port has a number of challenges that affect its performance, including small capacity to handle big vessels, he said, noting that Dar es Salaam and Tanga ports require deep berths to enable big ships that wish to dock.

“Most infrastructures at our ports are dilapidated. We can hardly compete with Mozambique’s Beira port, Durban of South Africa and Mombasa port in Kenya,” he said, insisting on the need to also improve road infrastructures connecting to the ports.

He said priority should be put on construction of strategic ports such as Bagamoyo, Mwanza and Lake Nyasa ports.

He said construction of a special parking slot at Kurasini Shimo la Udongo will reduce congestion at the port. Transporters have for a long time complained over lack of a car lot, resulting in unnecessary increase of costs.

The committee urged the government to speed up the purchase process and installation of flow meters at the Dar es Salaam port to determine exact amounts of imported fuel.

The committee suggested that Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) increase local and international routes. He said the number of passengers had increased to 242,668 in 2018/2019 compared to 206,788 in the 2017/2018 financial year.

 ATCL launched new international trips in 2018 whereas it now landing in Entebbe, Bujumbura, Johannesburg, Harare and Lusaka.

The new routes also includes Guangzhou in China, Bangkok in Thailand and Bombay in India.

Despite these achievements, the airline firm faces challenges such as lack of aircraft engineers and pilots.

He however applauded the government for construction of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Mfugale flyover which have eased commuter transport in Dar es Salaam. He said completion of the Ubungo interchange will reduce congestion along the Dar-Morogoro highway.

“It is necessary to come up with measures to decongest other cities including the capital, Dodoma”, said Kakoso.

Efforts should be done to ensure all debtors of the Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation (TTCL) settled their debts amounting to 9.8bn/-, he stated.

The main debtors are central government ministries and various public institutions, he said.

Contributing, Malindi MP Ally Saleh (CUF) challenged the government to improve available airports instead of constructing new ones. He was concerned that the Chato airport in Geita region was unlikely to be profitable.

Geita MP Joseph Kasheku (CCM) said that construction of new airports is part of implementation of the ruling party’s election manifesto.

“The government under Chama cha Mapinduzi plans to construct airports in all the regions countrywide,” he declared.

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