CCM throws weight behind Dar port deal

CHAMA Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Secretary General, Daniel Chongolo, has insisted that Tanzania was currently engaged in a critical struggle for economic freedom, surpassing mere symbolic independence.

Speaking on Saturday, Chongolo singled out the envisioned investment at Dar port as one of the projects that steer the country’s economy to greater heights.

The ruling party Secretary General argued that proposed project will enhance the country’s economic efficiency, contrary to naysayers’ suggestions.

“The vast opportunities at our disposal place us and give us the upper hand to become a force to reckon with on the economic front,” he said.

Mr Chongolo faulted the naysayers who have cast their doubts on the proposed project challenging them to stop derailing the country’s economic agenda.

“It is unthinkable to see people complaining while we are staring at huge opportunities and massive economic gains,” he asserted, equally singling out praise to Tanzanians who have supported the government throughout.

“It is encouraging to see some Tanzanians supporting the government other than the doubting Thomases who have been criticising us,” he explained.

The Secretary-General emphasised that the government’s primary responsibility is to address the challenges faced by its citizens, rather than squandering resources, as some might perceive regarding port investments.

Earlier on, Deputy Minister for Works and Transport, Mr  Atupele Mwakibete said the government had already entered into an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to operate the ports for the nation’s broader benefit.

He further acknowledged that the current technology being used in Tanzania doesn’t conform with economic development needs, compelling the government to partner with the Emirate firm.

The proposed project at Dar port seeks to increase the national revenue while also introducing advanced technology that will streamline revenue collection processes, including modern training for port personnel.

However, the deputy minister explained that the lack of competitiveness in the port sector has resulted in significant cargo losses to neighbouring countries, depriving Tanzania of substantial potential revenue.

He further noted that the investment’s potential impact, emphasising that the investor could implement a cutting-edge electronic single system that would connect all relevant authorities and optimise port operations.

“The investment in ports has been identified as a crucial pillar in fight for economic freedom, reflecting the government’s commitment to secure a brighter and more prosperous future for the nation” Mwakibete said.

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