Dr. Mpango made the pledge yesterday when he visited the port of Singapore—the busiest container transshipment hub and the largest publicly owned port in the world.
The Vice President attended the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, which kicked off on Tuesday in Singapore, whereby 400 global leaders were expected to attend.
Dr. Mpango described the port of Singapore as one of the well-developed ports in the globe that offers connectivity to more than 600 ports in 123 countries.
The VP said that the port of the Southeast Asian tropical island is well developed and Tanzania would send its port staff to learn a number of issues to boost efficiency.
“It’s high time for staff of Tanzanian ports to come here and equipped with skills on how to operate the port professionally,” he said, adding: “We would like to see port professionals from Singapore come to our country and team up with Tanzanian experts, hence together improve performance of our ports especially the port of Dar es Salaam.”
He said a five-year national development plan is determined to make Tanzania a major business hub for the land-locked countries that use the port of Dar es Salaam to ship their cargoes.
“That's why collaborating with Singapore is an important issue in improving all ports of Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar.”
Vice President, Port of Singapore Authority (PSA), Ong Seow Leong, said the port has invested in training as well as innovations that have led to an increase in technology currently used in service delivery including being able to successfully download and load 100,000 containers within a day.
Leong said the port of Singapore has grown to network with other ports in the world thus increasing the operational efficiency of the port, adding that the Port of Singapore has been focusing on finding markets as well as conducting research that could increase the port's users.
In another development, Leong explained that there must be long-term plans for port operations and that Singapore is already in the process of building a new and modern port that will in future years be able to provide more efficient services.