- Trade Mark East Africa is proposing specific technical and grant support that would target both capacity and efficiency at the port.
- Areas of support include port-wide productivity improvement study, improving rail linkages and space rationalisation within existing port land, improving yard facilities and stacking areas at berths and improving port access.
Trademark East Africa (TMEA) is investing Sh4.5 billion ($ 53.05 million) over the next 5 years (2012 -2016) on improving the efficiency of the Mombasa port.
TMEA is proposing specific technical and grant support that would target both capacity and efficiency at the port.
The areas of support include port-wide productivity improvement study, improving rail linkages and space rationalisation within existing port land, improving yard facilities and stacking areas at berths and improving port access.
Mr David Leahy, a member of TMEA’s board of directors said TMEA estimates that by 2015 the Mombasa Port will need 40 per cent more ship-to-shore equipment, 230 per cent more quay space, and as much as 400 per cent more yard space.
TMEA last week receive a grant worth Sh1.2 billion from the government of Sweden to fund the activities of the organisation which targets to improve trade in the region.
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) has also committed Sh1.7 billion ($ 21.3 million) to the Tanzania Port Authority (TPA) for work at Dar es Salaam Port. This represents over 29 per cent of TMEA’s current Tanzania program budget of US$ 73.5 million.
“In the longer term, the TMEA programme envisions improving land-use within the port environs, upgrading the existing facilities to allow larger and deeper draft vessels use berths 1-10 and berths 11-14, “extending the port gate to Miritini, relocating the liquid bulk berths, and changing the use and function of Mbaraki wharf,” said TMEA in a statement.
The organisation is also investing around Sh6 billion ($75m) in seven one stop border posts (OSBPs) across the region.
The aim of OSBPs is to reduce transit costs incurred in cross-border movement by combining the activities of both country’s border organizations and agencies at a single location in either direction.
Along the Northern Corridor is the construction of the Busia-Busia (Kenya/Uganda) and Kagitumba-Mirama Hills (Rwanda/Uganda) border crossings.
Others in the budget are the Taveta-Holili (Kenya-Tanzania), Mutukula-Mutukula (Tanzania/Uganda), Kobero-Kabanga (Burundi/Tanzania) Tunduma (Tanzania/Zambia) and Elegu/ Nimule (Uganda/South Sudan) border crossings across East Africa.