Govt embarks on boosting TPA’s revenues

20Jul 2021
Gerald Kitabu
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Govt embarks on boosting TPA’s revenues

THE government has embarked on major improvements at the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), a move aimed to improved performance and boost revenues.

TPA’s Public Relations and Corporate Communication Manager, Nicodemus Mushi made the revelations during an exclusive interview with The Guardian at the just ended Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF).

He said the port’s revenues have increased from 203.6bn/- recorded during the third quota of January-March 2021, to 236.8bn/- in the fourth quota of April-June this year.

He said the achievement has been made possible due to the strong and exemplary leadership of President Samia Suluhu who is implementing a major plan of equipping the port with modern and up to date facilities such as new infrastructures such as construction of new berths and purchasing of the new operational equipment.

He said the ongoing improvement has been hailed by the port users, and attracted more local and international users around the world.

Citing an example he said the government has already paid 96.7bn/- for a total of ten letters of credit to purchase operational equipments that will be used to provide service to a number of consignments to ensure effective and efficiency operations across ports in the country.

“This is the big amount ever put at once to purchase operational equipments at the port for the past many years.

Processes are underway to import the equipment into the country,” he added.

He said the government has continued providing money for the ports development projects. “The government is doing a great job to improve the ports’ infrastructures and some of the money has gone to feasibility studies,” he added.

Following the government’s directives, the TPA has also rehabilitated dilapidated equipments at Dar es Salaam Port. This has helped the port improve performance and provide quick service of loading and unloading consignments to and from ships.

“As a result of this main improvement of the ports we have received good feedback from major users commending our work. Some of them include Messina Line and MSC who have international experience on ports for more than a century.

He said President Samia Suluhu has directed that in this year’s season cashewnut consignment from Mtwara should be ferried through Mtwara Port. TPA has been prepared to implement the directives by meeting stakeholders. The capacity of Mtwara Port operations is bigger than before. We have improved Mtwara Port, it will not only ferry the cashew nut but also provide better service to local and international consignments.

He added: TPA has also improved public relations with ports users and other stakeholders. “Currently we have diverse means of working with our port users such as meeting with large users and established call centre which was launched recently by the Minister for Works and Transport Leonard Chamuriho. The new call centre gives opportunity for any port user to call twenty four hours per week, he added.

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