TANZANIA: TANZANIA Ports Authority (TPA) has been commended for enhanced efficiency and urged to work hard to attain more success and increase the ports sector contribution to the country’s economy.
The praise was given by various government leaders who visited the TPA pavilion at the ongoing Zanzibar International Trade Fair at Fumba grounds in Zanzibar.
According to TPA, in a period of six months of the 2023/2024 financial year (July – December, 2023), TPA’s ports have served a total of 13.945 million tonnes, equivalent to 109.4 per cent of the target for the respective period of time of serving 12.752 million tonnes, of which Dar es Salaam Port has served a total of 12.052 million tonnes.
In a similar period, TPA ports also served a total of 536,683 TEUs, equivalent to 105.8 per cent of the target of serving (TEUs) 507,212, of which Dar port served TEUs 509,594.
TPA also set a target of a total of 102,500 vehicles, of which by December last year the authority had handled 106,823 vehicles, equivalent to 104.2 per cent of the target in the said period.
Deputy Minister for Industry and Trade, Mr Exaud Kigahe said industry and trade sector depends on the transportation sector in order to attain its plans of serving the citizens and contribute to the development of the nation.
“The products produced by entrepreneurs and our industries at all levels need guarantee in availability of raw materials and how they can reach the market within and outside the country. We commend TPA and other institutions for enabling citizens to increase efficiency in the businesses,” he said.
Permanent Secretary for the Transport Ministry, Professor Godius Kahyarara lauded TPA for taking part in the trade fair and the success it has achieved in serving ships and cargo in the first half of the 2023/2024 financial year.
“I am pleased to participate in the exhibitions where we join our fellow Tanzanians in Zanzibar to think on better ways of increasing efficiency of our services to citizens and other beneficiaries… TPA and ZPC are doing a great job in the port sector but there are still some opportunities of increasing efficiency,” he said.
Prof Kahyarara said both TPA and the Zanzibar Ports Corporation (ZPC) are doing an incredible job in upgrading ports performance, urging the officials of the respective entities to maintain credibility and efficiency.
“I direct TPA’s Board of Directors and the entire management to continue supervising all their plans, if our country’s ports keep on performing well, their contribution to the country’s income will increase proportionately,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Transport Ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary, Dr Ally Possi called on TPA’s officials to respond to customers and citizens’ critical concern on how the country’s ports, including the Dar es Salaam Port operate so that they can tap into available opportunities.
TPA Public Relation and Communication Manager, Mr Nicodemus Mushi said they are using properly the exhibition to mingle with customers in the isles who always use waterways from either the Mainland or Zanzibar.
“We are updating them on the TPA progress and our strategies to improve service delivery” Mr Mushi said.
To increase efficiency, he said in the near future TPA will increase depth in the area used by dhows at the Dar es Salaam Port while also strengthening the passengers’ berth and the inspection areas for goods transported through the port from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam and vice.