TPA board chair tasks Bandari College on blue economy

DAR ES SALAAM: TANZANIA Ports Authority (TPA) Board of Directors’ Chairperson, Mr Ernest Mangu, has tasked the Bandari College-Dar es Salaam to carry out detailed researches on blue economy for the sake of unlocking opportunities for investment.

Mr Mangu who is a retired Inspector General of Police (IGP) made the statement on Friday while gracing the Bandari College-Dar es Salaam’s 22nd Graduation Ceremony in Dar es Salaam.

“The blue economy offers tremendous opportunities, so you should identify all stakeholders and their need, identify all opportunities and how to exploit them,” he told the college.

He said research-based information are critical on strengthening TPA’s efficiency at this time when the country strives to benefit from the blue economy.

Mr Mangu said the government has been providing all required resources for learning at the college for students and the maritime fraternity to obtain relevant skills for prosperity of the sector.

He commended the college for continuing building capacity among TPA workers and citizens through short courses and long courses to make them deliver professionally and profitably.

Additionally, Mr Mangu appreciated the college for identifying new emerging opportunities in the maritime areas including oil and gas whereby efforts have been made to improve curriculum to enable students acquire necessary skills to copy with global market demand.

Earlier, Bandari Dar es Salaam College’s Rector, Dr Lufunyo Hussein, said this year’s graduation had a total of 717 graduates whereby 383 are males and 334 are females.

Furthermore, Dr Hussein said from January to October this year, the college provided short courses to 1485 stakeholders from government entities including Tanzania Electric Supply Company’s (TANESCO) and some workers from private sector such as Barrick North Mara company.

About making the college as maritime research hub, he said a research and development unit will be formulated to act as key body of exploring markets and the entire value chain of ports and blue economy.

For his part, TPA’s Director General, Mr Plasduce Mbossa awarded internship opportunities to 20 best students in their respective programmes to get practical skills in different ports across the country such as the Dar es Salaam Port.

He said the internship will be a one-year programme to enable them familiarise with latest shipping technologies and skills.

One of the graduates, Mr Jackson Mwaipaja, who is among best students, thanked the TPA for awarding him an internship opportunity, pledging to do the best to win more opportunities.

The Bandari Dar es Salaam College offers a diverse of certificate and diploma programmes including Ordinary Diploma in Maritime Transport and Logistics, Ordinary Diploma in Shipping and Port Management and Basic Certificate in Freight Clearing Forwarding and Shipping Management.

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