Finaly the long awaited construction of Bagamoyo port is expected to commence early this month, the government has revealed.
Scheduled for completion in 2017, the Bagamoyo port will have the capacity to handle twenty times more cargo that of Dar es Salaam Port, which is currently the country’s largest port.
This was revealed recently in Dar es Salaam by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Dr Servacius Likwelile during the signing of two framework agreements and two exchanges of letters between the government of Tanzania and the People’s Republic of China which granted 89bn/- to finance implementation of various projects in the country.
“The construction of Bagamoyo port will commence on January 6, this year after the signing of the construction agreement between Tanzania and China on that same day,” noted Dr Likwelile.
The construction of Bagamoyo port comes almost in time as Tanzania is losing a lot of trade and commerce opportunities because of inefficiency of the Dar es Salaam port.
According to Tanzania’s Ambassador to China Philip Marmo, the over USD10 bn/- Bagomoyo port project will add to the economy as the port will have the capacity to handle 20 million containers a year compared to the Dar es Salaam port which handles only 800,000 containers a year.
“The Bagamoyo port construction project will entail the building of a 34 kilometre road joining Bagamoyo and Mlandizi and a 65 kilometres of railway connecting Bagamoyo with the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA) and Central Railway. The port will be of high standard. We are building a fourth generation port,” said Marmo.
According to Marmo, the Chinese stand to gain from Tanzania’s future Bagamoyo port because it will facilitate China-bound shipments of minerals from Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) via the Indian Ocean.