Kenya's efforts to ensure the delivery of the country's Vision 2030 national development strategy will receive a major shot in the arm as the Kenya Ports Authority Berth 19 is commissioned today.
Speaking ahead of the function, Vision 2030 delivery secretariat director general Mugo Kibati said the commissioning of the new berth at Kilindini Harbour is one of the major Vision 2030 components that will ultimately culminate in the attainment of the Mombasa port operations improvement flagship project.
"The improvement of the Mombasa port with its various components such as the dredging of Kilindini port to a depth of 15 metres and container terminal are some of the major components that build up to the Vision 2030 flagship project known as the Mombasa port improvement," Kibati said.
And added: "As envisioned under the Vision 2030 enablers and macros, the 240-meter long berth to be commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta will significantly boost container handling operations at the port while enhancing regional trade facilitation and economic development."
A PPS statement said the President and visiting East African Community heads of state and government will attend the commissioning of the berth. Uhuru will also officially open the 2nd Infrastructure government.
The summit is a follow-up of the 1st conference held in Uganda in June and aims at taming spiraling business costs and concerns over huge projects lagging behind schedule.
Mugo reiterated that the Vision 2030 national development plan efforts are on course with flagship projects and related components now at various stages of implementation.
The development of the new berth, which commenced in July 2011, has so far seen the total quay length of the Mombasa Container Terminal grow to 840 meters.
Linked to an associated stacking yard covering an approximate area of 15 acres, the berth will now afford KPA an additional container holding capacity of "By all means, such developments and recent funding commitments confirm that Vision 2030 is going ahead with various implementing partners within government and related agencies playing a critical part," Kibati said.
Aimed at transforming Kenya into a middle income, globally competitive and industrialising country with a high quality of life in the next 17 years, Vision 2030 is anchored on three pillars.
These are the social, economic and political pillars complemented by an auxiliary pillar known as the enablers and macro pillar, covering projects, interventions and initiatives whose impact ultimately cuts across all the other three pillars.