PM orders resumption of services at DRC border as port works starts

06Jul 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
PM orders resumption of services at DRC border as port works starts

​​​​​​​ PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has directed government agencies and departments to start providing services for visitors to and from the Democratic Republic of Congo at Ikola Ward in Tanganyika District, Katavi Region as construction of port in the area continues.

Entities that have been given 21 days to open shop are the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), the Immigration Department, Police Force and Ministry of Minerals.

The PM gave the directive at the weekend after laying foundation stone for the construction of Karema Port. He said the project aims at enhancing trade and economic opportunities with neighbouring DRC as well improving transport services along the lake.

Majaliwa also appealed to Xiamen Ongoing Construction Group contracted to construct Karema Port costing 47bn/- to work day and night to finalize the project in time to boost trade between Tanzania and DRC.

The representative of TPA Director General DrBaraklaMdima said the project incorporates construction of a deep water berth for up to 150 metres long vessels that will shield high waves.

He said the work will also include the construction of other infrastructures including passenger waiting room and restaurant, offices, fire brigade, ICT, containers yard and will also abide by Standard Gauge Rail (SGR).

"The project will take 24 months and its completion the new modern port will strengthen economic activities in Katavi Region including transport of passengers and cargo along the lake and neighboring countries of Congo DRC, Burundi and Zambia,” he said.

The Prime Minister also instructed the Katavi Regional Commissioner JumaHomera to continue the crack down on all people possessing firearms illegally.

Earlier the PM spoke on the availability of electricity in Tanganyika District, saying the Phase V Government intends to take power to all villages in the country, hence they should continue to be patient.

He said even though power connection cost has been lowered to 27,000/- the residents must not be charged for the power poles as that has been subsidized by the government

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