The Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
has commended the Kenya Ports Authority efforts in further
promoting businesses in the transit markets.
The Secretary General of the Chamber
Mr. Ezra Rubanda said traders in Uganda have noted
positive developments in their businesses following the
initiatives put in place by KPA.
“In the past we used to have a lot of
challenges such as losing cargo especially through
clear-ance agents but at the moment that has reduced
drastically because of the intervention measures by
KPA,” he said.
Mr. Rubanda who is also the Head of
Trade Policy, Research and Advocacy at the Uganda
National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, further
observed that the transit time from the Port of Mombasa
to Kampala has also reduced from the previous over 24
days to five days.
The official who was part of the
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
delegation that paid a courtesy call on the KPA Managing
Director Mrs. Catherine Mturi-Wairi at the KPA
headquarters, encouraged the MD to ensure the importers
become aware of the good progress.
“We really want to thank the KPA
management because we are noticing a lot of changes
in port operations” He added.
Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director Mrs. Catherine
Mturi-Wairi presents a corporate gift to Joseph
Rwanshote of the IGAD secretariat. Looking on is the
National Vice Chairman Kenya National Chamber of
Commerce and Industry James Mureu.
PHOTOS - KENYA PORTS
The MD assured the delegation of KPA’s
commitment on handling cargo efficiently and remain competitive
in the region and beyond.
She highlighted the performance of the
Port of Mombasa and key expansion projects of the Authority.
“Last year the Port handled 1.091
million TEUs and the overall throughput grew by 2.4 percent
to post the best ever performance of 27.36 million tons,”
said the MD.
Mrs. Wairi told the meeting that
following the ongoing port expansion program, the Port can now
handle vessels of up to 6000 TEUs capacity which translates into
economies of scale thus lowering the cost of doing business.
The delegation which was led by Mr.
Joseph Rwanshote of the IGAD secretariat did an extensive tour
of the Port facilities and were impressed by the expansive
infrastructural developments especially at the Second Container
Also present was the National Vice
Chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mr. Joseph Mureu.
The visit came after the 4th
Biennial meeting of the IGAD business forum in Mombasa held from
11th -12th July 2017 with an aim of
expanding areas of regional cooperation.