Tanzania’s Ministry of Transport has decided to allocate land to be used as a dry port to serve land-locked countries using Dar es Salaam port, as well as to increase the port’s efficiency, reported the Daily News.
The decision was announced over the weekend by Minister for Transport Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, during a meeting which sought to finalise a tour involving a delegation of government and business representatives from the Province of Katanga in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Dr Mwakyembe said: “We are doing this as part of strengthening our port and business relations with our neighbours.”
The Minister explained that the joint technical committee formed by members between the two countries has agreed to deal with all barriers obstructing business between them.
He went on to say that, since the port is the main gateway for the DRC, its improvement means a lot to the people of his Province and the DRC at large.
Madeni Kipande, acting director general of Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), said: “Having the list of trustworthy companies will help run the business smoothly for the benefit of all countries.”
It was also agreed to establish a dry port at Kasumbalesa, on the DRC-Zambia border, to solve congestion problems and ease the transportation of goods.