Tanzania to increase Dar es Salaam Port’s capacity
The port, which is currently open 24 hours a day, is a trade gateway for landlocked states such as Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi, Burundi and Uganda, as well as the eastern region of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Tanzanian president Jakaya Kikwete commented on the port’s capacity in a speech to parliament and said that the port handled 14.4 tons of cargoes in 2014 while adding that they are expecting this figure to reach 18 million tons in 2015. Tanzania aims to increase the port’s capacity to 28 million tons by 2020.
In 2014, Tanzania signed a $565 million deal with the World Bank and other development partners to expand the capacity of Dar es Salaam’s port as part of plans to boost East Africa’s role as a regional trade hub.
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