Mozambique President impressed by efficiency at the Port of Mombasa

Mombasa – November 24,2018

President Filipe Nyusi of Mozambique has expressed contentment in the operations at the Port of Mombasa.

Speaking to journalists at the Second Container Terminal during his official visit at the Port, the visiting Head of State commended the measures being undertaken by the Kenya Ports Authority in capacity expansion and modernisation of the facility.

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President Filipe Nyusi tours the second container terminal flanked by Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries Mr James Macharia, Amb. Monica Juma, KPA Chairman Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana, Acting Managing Director Dr Arch. Daniel Manduku, Director Alice Mwaisaka  and top managers.

"I am impressed by the ever increasing cargo traffic and number of vessels docking at the Port. Most importantly, it is very encouraging to witness the ongoing capacity expansion at the New Container Terminal," he said.

The President said when President Uhuru Kenyatta visited his country in March this year; he toured the Port of Maputo and urged him to equally consider visiting the Port of Mombasa.

During the visit President Kenyatta expressed the need to link Mozambican three main Ports of Maputo, Beira and Nacala with Kenya's Port of Mombasa and the Port of Lamu which is still under construction.

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Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi engages Deputy President William Ruto, CS James Macharia and KPA Acting Managing Director Dr. Daniel Manduku in a discussion at the Second Container Terminal.

President Nyusi said during his visit at the Port of Mombasa, in discussions with the KPA management he had shared the success story of the three main ports in his country following public private partnerships in the management of the facilities which had yielded notable results.

 "In the past we had to allocate funds from the government to the ports but now we are generating revenue from the ports for the benefit of the citizenry through construction of health facilities, schools and other key projects "he added.

Nyusi further expressed the need to exploit the existing vast bilateral trade opportunities between Mozambique and Kenya saying the potential was enormous.

He announced that from January next year his country would start exporting coal and other minerals to Kenya through the Port of Mombasa.

This he added was a decision arrived at following a trial undertaken in August this year which proved the Port of Mombasa to be efficient.

"We tried shipping coal to this Port and after seeing the extension of the Port and its capacity we will from January be exporting minerals fluently. As governments and the political leadership we are therefore playing our role in facilitating trade and therefore we urge the private sector to take advantage of the opportunities," the President concluded.

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Deputy President William Ruto presents a gift to Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi at the KPA Boardroom

Upon arrival at the Port of Mombasa, he was received by Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretary Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works Mr. James Macharia, his Foreign Affairs counterpart Ambassador Monica Juma, KPA Board Chairman Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana and KPA Acting Managing Director Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku. 

KPA Board Director Ms. Alice Mwaisaka, General Managers Mr. Edward Kamau (Corporate Services), Eng. Rashid Salim (Engineering Services) and Captain William Ruto (Operations and Harbour Master) were among those present during the visit.

The Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) choir entertained guests during the official visit and the Mozambique President was visibly thrilled by the choir's ability to sing with ease the Mozambique national anthem.  

He even took one minute of his time to translate to the choir members amid applause some of the words in the anthem.

"The name of this song in our country is Patria Amada and it means our beloved homeland. Then pedra a pedra means stone by stone we are going to build the new day."