30 June 2014

Kenya: Charter to Enhance Efficiency At Mombasa Port

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta was on Monday set to launch the Mombasa Port Community Charter and the performance dashboard, which seeks to enhance infrastructural development and improve efficiency in cargo clearing.

The Charter brings together 24 agencies that will coordinate activities to improve efficiency at the port.

The Charter is a single window expected to double East African trade to Sh2.9 trillion by the year 2016.

This is expected to enhance transport along the Northern Corridor from the Port of Mombasa to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

The government has been keen on improving services at the facility that is the key entry point for Kenya and East Africa that includes the commissioning of Berth 19 that is set to increase the port's container handling capacity hence improve efficiency at the port.

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 metres.

Construction is also ongoing for the Second Container Terminal with a capacity to handle 1.2 million Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) annually.

The Mombasa port also connects the Northern Corridor markets that include Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan and Eastern DRC.

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