Government commits to improve Dar port infrastructure

22Jul 2021
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Government commits to improve Dar port infrastructure

PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has reiterated the government’s commitment to further improve port infrastructure to attract a good number of users and make it a gateway to landlocked countries in the Great Lakes region.

The Premier made the statement during his meeting with transportation stakeholders in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday. The meeting was also attended by Minister for Works and Transport Eng Leonard Chamuriho, Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) Director, Commissioner for Customs as well as top officials from Tanzania Shipping Agency Corporation (TASAC), Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA).

He said the conference was aimed at evaluating procedures reached in improvement of various port services including cargo offloading. He said the government is determined to ensure improved services at the port which includes reducing the cargo offloading period.

Majaliwa said major improvements have been done at the port of Dar es Salaam and Mtwara, calling upon users especially those in the private sector to continue using the ports.

He said the government has also done some infrastructure improvements at the Kabwe, Karema and Kasanga ports to facilitate transportation of cargos to Zambia, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Meanwhile, Eng Chamuriho said construction of berths at the port of Dar es Salaam nears completion. He said construction of berths number 6 and 7 would be completed in August this year, thus improve the ports performance.

Tanzania Railways Corporation (TRC) Director General, Msanja Kadogosa said the company has renovated over 200 cargo wagons which will carry consignments heading to DRC and Burundi.

Kadogosa added that in this financial year, the government has allocated funds for renovation of 660 cargo wagons. He said plans are also to renovate nine train engines to ease transportation of cargo to various destinations.

He said the company will also start transporting fuel to Uganda whereas by next week it will start by transporting 1 million liters of fuel to the landlocked country.

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