2 February 2013

Tanzania: TPA to Compensate Cargo Losers At Dar es Salaam Port

Dar El Salaam — The Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), starting this February, will compensate those who will lose their cargo at the Dar es Salaam Port.

The authority will use its own budget to pay back those who will lose cargo at the port and later deduct the amount from allowances and salaries of those involved in the loss in one way or another.

Transport Minister Mwakyembe told the Parliamentary Committee on Infrastructure last week that efforts to address the port's problems, including taking the management to task, has paid dividends.

Presenting his ministry's report before the committee, Dr Mwakyembe said that efficiency at the Dar es Salaam Port has improved. It now takes only seven days instead of 21 to offload cargo. Dr Mwakyembe reported that such efficiency has led to transport ministers from Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi to express their interest in using the port.

"DRC is ready to let bygones be bygones and build a win-win relationship after being satisfied with the steps taken by Tanzania to address the problems TPA and the Dar es Salaam Port have been facing," he explained.

Despite the good steps taken by the ministry, TPA still faces some challenges, including low capacity for the Dar port to accommodate big ships due to narrow and shallow jetty.

Mwakyembe said that DRC's minister for Transport has been invited to visit the country for talks and also to visit the Dar port. The visit is aimed at assuring him that "we have cleaned our house."

According to minister Mwakyembe, since the sack of the TPA's senior managers, the government revenues have continued to grow since September last year from Tsh28bn ($17.41m) per month to Tsh38bn ($23.63m) and by December last year it had reached Tsh50bn ($31.09m).

"The real picture will be more evident within the next three months, when we will have people working at the port towards one direction, he said, adding that cash transactions at the port have also been stopped."

He said, "as of now, all transactions will be conducted through banks" adding that tough security measures have been taken, that have helped safeguard properties that would have otherwise been stolen.

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