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Bagamoyo port project timeline and all you need to know

The Bagamoyo Port project is being implemented in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. It is expected to be one of the largest government infrastructure projects in the country. The Bagamoyo port and its affiliate industrial zone is meant to address congestion at the old port and support Tanzania to become East Africa’s leading shipping and logistics centers.

Expected to be the largest port in East Africa, the US $10bn port is set to handle 20 million teu by 2045; that is 25 times the amount of cargo Dar es Salaam Port handles. The tri-government venture between Tanzania, China and Oman also involves the construction of a Special economic zone adjacent to the port. 190 industries including the manure processing industry that will be put up by the government of Oman will be constructed around the port. When fully developed, the Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone will attract about 700 industries. The project is backed by an Omani sovereign wealth fund.

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Project Timeline

2013

The agreement for the project was signed by former Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete

2015

Contracts to begin port construction were signed in October 2015 and phase I of the project was set for completion in 2017.

2016

In January, the project was cancelled by President John Magufuli’s government due to unfavorable terms set by the investor. The terms include: Tanzania giving China a guarantee of 33 years and a lease of 99 years, and the country should not question whoever comes to invest there once the port is operational. Also, once the port construction is complete, there should be no other port to be built all the way from Tanga to Mtwara south.

The president of Tanzania said that the conditions set by the investor amount to selling Tanzania to China.

2017

The Tanzanian government officially submitted its letter of approval for the Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone venture to China Merchants Port, agreeing and accepting the investor’s comprehensive project proposal in a cabinet meeting.

The approval by the government represented a breakthrough in the Bagamoyo project. However, China Merchants Port agreed to work with Oman partners to promote the Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone project.

Tanzanian Ambassador to China Mr Mbelwa Kairuki expressed his gratitude for the participation of China Merchants Port in the Bagamoyo project, hoping that they will work with the Oman Sovereign Fund to advance the project. He also assured the potential investors of the government’s commitment to fully support smooth implementation of the project.

2018

The project finally got the go ahead from the stakeholders and work started around June/July.

2019 

Construction stalls after China and Tanzania disagreed on terms of infrastructure investment. According to Director General of the state-run Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA), Deusdedit Kakoko, they were given commercially unviable conditions which they rejected.

Dennis Ayemba
Country/ Features Editor, Kenya

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