Water Transport Operations On Lake Victoria To Resume

The Ugandan government is reiterating its commitment to revive Lake Victoria water transport operations between Uganda and Tanzania.

The government is hoping to increase relations and open access between the two countries while lowering transportation costs.

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The Tanzania Ports Authority and the Ugandan Minister of State for Transport Mr. Aggrey Bagiire held meetings where the latter declared his country’s commitment to raising the volume going through the lake to twenty percent in the next two years.

Improved ship operations, ports and rail infrastructures at Port Bell and the new port of Bukasa, which will be built in Kampala, reiterated the country’s interest.

Bagiire said:

“It is a directive from Uganda higher authorities that people and goods need to move quickly and cheaply in order to reduce the costs of doing business.” 

He added that implementation of this directive has started. Technical meetings between the two ministries of Uganda and Tanzania and the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) are being held.

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The Minister went on to call for the activation of the rail route between Dar es Salaam and Mwanza.

He said the government of Tanzania has secured funds to construct a standard gauge rail system which will be completed in three days.

Once completed, the project will boost the amount of cargo transported through the central corridor and therefore increase the competitive edge of Dar es Salaam port.

“The decision to use the central corridor route should base on efficiency, time, cost and convenience… Dar port and the central corridor at large has the competence to serve Uganda than any other port.”

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The minister further called for human resource changes, as well as Customer focus, increased usage of Information Technology in documentation processes to speed up clearance of goods, enhanced security, investment in infrastructure and marketing of TPA services.