Basking in the glory of improved performance, TPA director general, Eng Deusdedit Kakako , told journalists over the weekend in Dar es Salaam, that the authority paid 80.1bn/- to the government in 2015/16 whereby 40bn/- was in form of corporate tax, VAT 37.4bn/- and withholding tax 2.7bn/-.
“Dividend to the government the 2015/16 year was 93bn/- against our collected revenue amounting to 662bn/-”, he said.
He said performance up-lifting projects in Dar es Salaam port alone would cost 690 million US dollars. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) will offer a 600-million dollar soft-loan; the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and Trade Mark East Africa will jointly offer a 30-million dollar grant and the government will contribute 60 million US dollars.
Kakoko said the money would be spent on ten schemes which include increasing berth-depth to 14 metres covering berth number 1 to 11; increasing scanners from 3 to five; building a new berth at Gerezani creek and two more at number 13 and 14 locations, deepening to 14 metres the port’s gateway, installation of a conveyor system and silos, modernisation of railway network within the port, expansion of Bandari-Mivinjeni road and completion of one-stop centre building along Sokoine Drive.
Tanga will get an oil jetty and storage tanks, he said, adding that designs and feasibility study on Mwambani port will be launched in the near future. Mtwara port will be modernised by building a multi-purpose terminal. Dangote Cement Company has been permitted to build its own berth at Kisiwa-Mgao but must handle cement only.
Modernisation of Lindi port by Comfix and Engineering Limited has been completed by25 percent but the DG said work is expected to be complete in the first quarter of next year.
Under this modernisation programme, Eng Kakoko said, attention will be paid to ports in the Great Lakes Region, building Karema, Lagosa, Kagunga, Kirando, Kibirizi and Kalya berths.
Building of Sibwesa berth on Lake Tanganyika is projected to be completed in December this year. Works on Ntama and Lushamba berths continue, the director general said.
A new 200-passenger vessel to ply Lake Nyasa and two self-propelled cargo barges are being built at Kyela at a cost of 10.350 billion shillings. The project is due for completion in February next year.
The DG said a critical analysis to establish the reasons for a drop in cargo at Dar es Salaam port was underway, but gave no figures or suspected causes of the drop.
Nonetheless, he said in 2014/15 fiscal year the ports collectively handled 15,979,693 tonnes of cargo compared with 15,427,830 tonnes in 2013/14. In 2014/15 the port handled 4.732 tonnes of cargo destined to neighbouring countries. In the same year the authority collected 679,316.95/- against expenditure of 464,653.32/-.