Ports and Logistics

Tanzania puts construction of East Africa’s largest port on hold

The government in Tanzania has decided to ditch a massive port development project in favour of upgrading two existing facilities. Priced at $10bn, the Bagamoyo port project would have been the largest in East Africa.

However, the Minister for Works, Transport and Communications, Prof Makame Mbarawa, has said that development is now on hold and efforts to upgrade Dar es Salaam and Mtwara ports is the new priority.

“We are looking for funds for the port of Dar es Salaam and then for the Mtwara Port,” Mbarawa told local media, with the World Bank likely to step in.

Ground breaking for Bagamoyo had actually started three months ago, under a different government administration. The new government feels the project is too expensive.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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