Uganda welcomes improved port operations
The Ugandan government has commended the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) for the improvements in port infrastructure, which has contributed to faster handling of goods.
Speaking during a visit to the KPA offices in Mombasa on Tuesday, Paul Mukumbya, the new Ugandan consul general observed that the port of Mombasa is slowly climbing the heights of excellence.
Julius Rubagumya, Ugandan Revenue Authority deputy commissioner, External Customs Operations, also said the port was in better condition than before.
Rubagumya also praised the operations at the port of Kisumu, noting that the port had facilitated the convenient movement of fuel imports into Uganda.
He added that upgrading the Meter Gauge Railway (MGR) connecting Kisumu to the Naivasha Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will further reduce the cost of doing business to the benefit of the consumer.
Rubagumya said the service will improve the smooth and fast delivery of goods due to the seamless connectivity between the port of Mombasa and the port of Kisumu, hence prioritizing the commercialization of this service.
Mukumbya said Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni considers Kenyan ports to be at the center of bilateral relations between Uganda and Kenya.
The ports are the main anchor of trade between the two nations.
Mukumbya further thanked the management of the Kenya Ports Authority for providing high service standards and for being responsive to issues raised by the Ugandan business community.
KPA Acting Managing Director Rashid Salim said Kenya has opened a liaison office in Kampala, Uganda, so Ugandan importers and exporters can be better served.
“The port has also extended its services to the Naivasha inland container depot connected by the standard gauge railway line,” Mr. Salim said.
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“Kenya has also donated land to Uganda as a freight storage facility to reduce the cost of doing business.”