TPA new board directed to increase revenue

23Jun 2016
Getrude Mbago
The Guardian
TPA new board directed to increase revenue

MINISTER of Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Makame Mbarawa yesterday directed the new board of directors, Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) to ensure they increase revenue collection from the current 623bn/- to 1trn/- in the next fiscal year.


Prof Mbarawa made the directives when launching the TPA’s newly appointed board of directors, which made up by eight members who are Jaffeer Machano, Deusdedit Kakoko, Malata Pascal, Dr Jabiri Bakari, Masanja Kadogosa, Aziz Kilonge Dr Francis Michael, and Jayne Nyimbo. Prof Ignas Rubaratuka is the TPA’s board chairman.

According to him, what makes the Dar es Salaam Port load to decrease time to time was not tax regime as it has been complained by many business people but lack of market network strategy nationally and internationally as well as notorious bureaucratic system.

Prof Mabarawa hinted that the country will continue losing its revenues if the whole system in the port was not changed.
According to him, despite efforts in improving its efficiency over the years, Dar es Salaam Port is still losing business to rival ports in other African countries along the Indian Ocean coast.

He unveiled that there is a bad network of people in the port who are there just to pocket the revenues but the government will not spare at them.

“There is a good number of people who involved in the deployment of four electronic systems at Dar port so that they can benefit from the systems…all of them have to get prepared as stern measures will be taken upon them,” he unveiled
The minister disclosed that the port has been losing a lot of revenues due to those weak system deployed just b3ecause few people wants to get something from them.

He also directed the new board to ensure that it repairs or buy a new flow meter after the other one was dead.
He however wanted board chair to select a new tender board as the current one being grabbed with bureaucratic system in announcing tenders.

“The board should ensures that it completes the Mtwara port tender for the construction to commence,” he said
For his part, TPA board chairman Prof Rubaratuka vowed to implement all the directives given by the minister.

“We will not sleep until everything was fixed in our [ports to make them perform well like other ports in the continent,” he said