Tanzania: Here Are Benefits From Tz-UAE Agreement

Dodoma — THE government has highlighted a number of benefits to be obtained after the Parliament endorsed the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) between Tanzania and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), focusing on social-economic partnership for developing and improving performance of ports in the country.

Minister for Works and Transport, Professor Makame Mbarawa, on Saturday outlined 14 expected benefits of the agreement, including application of modern technology and system that will make ports operations fast and effective, thus increasing revenue.

Prof Mbarawa also pointed out that the implementation of the document will assure ports workers of their employment security, because the agreement has set measures to increase employment opportunities from 28,990 in 2021/22 to 71,907 come 2032/33.

He told the Parliament that the increase in employment opportunities is set at 148 per cent.

The minister said average number of days for a vessel to stay at the port will be reduced to 24 hours from the current five days, thus increasing efficiency.

Furthermore, it will increase the number of ships docking at the Dar es Salaam Port from 1,569 in 2021/22 to 2,950 vessels by 2032/33.

Prof Mbarawa went on to argue that if implemented, the agreement will enable the port use only two days to offload containers from the ship, unlike present when the port spends up to four days.

On the part of bulk cargo, the port will have capacity of offloading within one hour while currently it spends 12 hours.