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Ndaishimiye impressed with Dar port improvements

Ndaishimiye impressed with Dar port improvements

SEVERAL improvements in infrastructures and increased capacity of the Dar es Salaam Port have impressed Burundian President Evariste Ndaishimiye who admitted that the development has eased cargo handling destined to his country.

As he nodded to the ongoing efforts to upgrade size and services at the port for improving the facility's cargo handling capacity, President Ndaishimiye cited a move by the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) to open its office in Bujumbura as a milestone in facilitating handling of Burundian cargo. 

He was speaking on Sunday at the Port of Dar es Salaam shortly before concluding his three-day state visit to Tanzania that kicked off on Friday.

"The decision to open an office in Bujumbura was crucial since it has brought TPA services closer to the Burundian customers. The Office has reduced the costs that businesspersons were incurring when travelling to Dar es Salaam to inquire about their cargoes or do documentation," he explained.

President Ndaishimiye also reiterated the commitment of Burundi to continue using the Port of Dar es Salaam on business, commending the all-time business and trade ties that the two countries have been enjoying for many years.

Earlier, the minister for Works and Transport Professor Makame Mbarawa briefed the visiting president on efforts that the government of Tanzania has been taking to improve services and achievements  recorded so far.

Prof Mbarawa told the President that the government has completed deepening berths No 1-7 from previous 11.5 metres to15.5 metres for enabling the port to receive larger cargo vessels.

"Also, currently, the government is deepening the entrance channel and turning basin to allow larger vessels to enter the port, noting that this project is implemented at a cost of 291bn/- and it will be completed in the next 16 months," he stated.

Expounding further, he said during the first quarter of the financial year 2020/2021 a number of Burundian cargoes handled at the Dar es Salaam Port increased to 513,544 tonnes up from 481,081 tonnes recorded in the corresponding period of 2019/2020.

According to him, the expansion also led to the increase in number of ships that docked at the port from 1053 of 2019/2020 to 1163 of the year 2020/2021 whereas a number of containers were recorded at 185,857 and 195,320 respectively.

Moreover a number of vehicles that were cleared at the port jumped to 45,553 in 2020 from 33,481 (of the year 2019) being an increase of 36 per cent, noted the minister assuring commitment of Tanzania on continuing serving Burundian cargoes at the Dar Port.

‘The government is pleased with this good trend and it’s my hope that even customers and the port’s stakeholders in Burundi are seeing these great efforts done by the TPA in bringing efficiency,” Prof Mbarawa stated.

 

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