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.