Zanzibar, China firm sign deal to develop new seaports

KIZIMKAZI, the fast-growing coastal village has moved towards having a new seaport, following an agreement between Zanzibar government and the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), to conduct a feasibility study for construction of a port.

Under the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Chinese company and the Zanzibar Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport, the feasibility study also includes construction of the Wete Seaport in north Pemba.

The event was held at the ministry’s offices, Kisauni, where the Deputy Principal Secretary (PS) in the ministry, Mr Shomar Omar Shomar and the CHEC General Manager, Mr Cheng Yongjian signed the MoU.

Minister for Infrastructure, Communication and Transport, Dr Khalid Salum Mohamed and other executives witnessed the signing of the deal.

After the signing ceremony, Dr Mohamed informed the audience that the government has decided to develop and modernise its ports, including Wete and Kizimkazi, with the aim of improving transport, communications and improve business environment as well as scaling up economic growth.

He said that the government has decided to improve Wete Port due to the fact that the port is the main link between Unguja and Pemba, but needs to be developed and link to other ports such as Tanga and Mombasa, Kenya as well as connecting to other areas in terms of transportation.

“Strengthening of the two ports- Wete and Kizimkazi will help stimulate the economic development of the islands of Unguja and Pemba,” the minister explained.

Speaking about the Kizimkazi Port, Dr Mohammed said that the port will connect Unguja with Mainland through Kunduchi because it is a short distance, as the two areas will enjoy trade and other businesses.

The general manager from CHEC Cheng Yongjian promised to undertake the assignment in an agreed period of time.

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