Kabila launches new Tanzania Ports Authority building in Dar
Tanzania Reports Reporter,DAR ES SALAAM.
President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Joseph Kabila has inaugurated the new state-of-the-art Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) building in Dar es salaam on Tuesday afternoon.
Apart from being the TPA’s headquarter offices, the new 35-floor building which has cost 130n Tanzania shillings, will house various public and private companies and institutions that serve the port.
It is one of measures taken by the government to improve the Port of Dar es Salaam.
Speaking at the inauguration,President Kabila said that over 50 percent of his country’s business goes through Dar es salaam port.
“ We do is through Dar es salaam port, its true that in the last four years, there was a time of some challenges at the port, but it is evident there has been change for the better in the last couple of months with nothing to encumber business anymore.”He said, adding,
“When we start production of copper, we will want our local ports to have the capacity to handle the cargo, then put it onto the railway and be transported direct to Dar es salaam.Years ago, our copper production was not more than 150,000 tones, but in the last 5 years, its between 500,000 to 1.2m tonnes of copper.So the challenge is nolonger production, but capacity for these ports to handle these goods.”
President Kabila said trade between Tanzania and his country has increased from 23billion Tanzania shillings to 394 billion Tanzania shillings in 2015.
He further said, “I would also want to have cooperation with Tanzania in the domain of transport, we recently invested in aviation just as Tanzania has done, and we hope this would help not only business people but also ordinary citizens of both countries to travel between the two countries.”
Speaking earlier, Tanzania’s President Dr John Magufuli said his administration has zero torelance for corruption, noting that the state of business dealings at the Dar es salaam port were in synch with the same resolve.
He said Congo’s cargo through Tanzania increase at 10.7 percent per year.He said some 15,927 containers went through Dar es salaam port to Congo in 2015.
There was also signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Tanzania and Congo on potential exploration of oil and gas in lake Tanganyika.