The Tanzania International Container Terminal (TICTs) announced that it will open a country liaison office in Kigali before the end of the year, a move that will benefit Rwandan traders. This is in a bid to bring the Dar es Salaam port services closer to traders in Rwanda.
The announcement was made last week, in Kigali, by Paul Wallace, the chief executive of TICTS, a private company that handles 80 per cent of the Dar port traffic.
“We have already made the decision and before the end of December, the office will be operational,” Wallace, who led a delegation of Dar es Salaam port authorities for a three-day promotional tour to Kigali, said.
During their visit, facilitated by Ministry of East African Affairs, the delegation hosted members of the Rwandan private sector to a business lunch during which they discussed possible solutions to a number of issues in a bid to ease trade facilitation at the port and on the central corridor.
Amb. Valentine Rugwabiza, the Minister for East African Community Affairs, told guests during the event that the delegation’s visit was a result of a number of conversations with Dar es Salaam through the Rwandan High Commission in Tanzania.
“We wanted a direct engagement between TICTS, the private company handling 80 per cent of the traffic at Dar port, with the stakeholders, who are the members of the business community transiting cargo through the port,” she said.
Rugwabiza revealed that although the government has been doing some advocacy on behalf of the private sector, it’s important that the traders engage directly with their Tanzanian counterparts to not only address emerging issues but also explore business opportunities. The minister noted that the move would help link traders to the port and address some of the emerging issues.
At least 70 per cent of Rwanda’s maritime trade is channelled through the Dar port on the Central Corridor.
Source: New Times Rwanda