'Red tape' holding back major East African port

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
25 August 2013

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Red tape is holding back the development of the key East Africa port of Mombasa, Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta has claimed.


The president compared Mombasa to the Chinese port of Tianjin, which he had just visited, when he said: “Efficiency, transparency and reduction of red tape would go a long way in attracting investments as well as customers.”


Kenyatta went on to say that “effective management of the Mombasa port would speed up the clearance of goods to match the East African region’s demands, reduce the cost of doing business and stop the whining over poor services”.


Work to expand the port is continuing, including dredging and the construction of a new 19th berth and the construction of a second three-berth terminal.


A deal was recently signed with China to build a new railway from Mombasa to Malaba, on the western border of the country, which would also carry freight from neighbouring land-locked countries.


Last year the port recorded a total of 903,443 shipping container movements, up from 770,804 in 2011.

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