World Food Programme (WFP) has opted to ship their future consignment through Dar es Salaam Port, following timely clearance of its 20,000 metric tonnes of maize destined for Malawi.
In a press statement issued in Dar es Salaam yesterday, WFP Head of Supply Chain, Mr Riaz Lothihas, said his organisation has observed timely clearance of its vessel Mv. Matakana Island at the port this week which discharged the maize consignment.
“The positive example set by the professional han- dling of the vessel by TPA and all parties involved has proven that the decision to bring the vessel to Dar es Salaam port was right,” he said.
Due to efficiency in discharging the Malawi-bound cargo, WFP Tanzania expressed commitment to con- tinue using Dar es Salaam Port as a gateway for the region. “WFP Tanzania will share the positive experience on the vessel Matakana Island with WFP offices in the region and is confident that they will consider Dar cor ridor as a preferred option,” he said, adding that the actual number of future vessels depends on their op- erational requirements.
“The Dar es Salaam port offers good opportunity for cargo in transit to the East, Southern and Central Africa as for many of these countries, only one border has to be crossed.
On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 82 countries each year,” he added.
According to him, WFP chooses the port of entry to maximise operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the entire supply chain including port and road/ rail transport.
WFP is willing to support the Fifth Phase Government of President John Magufuli in promoting Tanzania as an effective corridor for the region with an efficient integrated supply chain which includes port operations, rail transport, road transport, border cross- ings and modernising the information systems.
He said WFP has greater logistical capacity and operates a larger transport network than any other humanitarian organisation. On any given day, 5,000 trucks, 70 aircraft and 20 ships are delivering food across the globe.
Mr Lothihas appreciates the excellent partnership with the TPA and its cooperation to support the WFP operations as among the factors for choosing Dar es Salaam Port. It is worthwhile mentioning that apart from the bulk vessel, WFP continues to use Dar port for con- tainerised cargo for Tanzania and the neighbouring countries.
During his visit in October, last year, Democratic Repub lic of Congo (DRC)’s Presi dent Joseph Kabila assured to continue using Dar port due to improved services. He said 50 per cent of total DRC exports are going through Dar port.
“We will continue using the Dar port, as things have improved in recent days.” Mr Kabila said transport infra- structure should be improved to support smooth moving of cargo
. DRC copper production has increased from 100,000 tonnes to around 1.2 million tonnes in the last ten years.
Thus Tanzania should prepare best to handle those tonnages. President Magu- fuli assured President Kabila of close business cooperation between Dar es Salaam and Kinshasa.