The MOU signed by Tau Morwe, Chief Executive at TNPA and Justus Nyarandi, General Manager Corporate Services at KPA is expected to lead the way for co-operation between the two port authorities.
“These MOUs are driven by the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA). We have got 19 member states at PMAESA and one of the drivers for PMAESA is to encourage member states to enter MOUs,” Vusi Khumalo, senior manager stakeholder relations at Transnet National Ports Authority told CNBC Africa.
KPA, which earlier in the year announced a port capacity expansion programme, will highly benefit from the agreement as it ensures a beneficial relationship now and into the future. The country’s port that is in Mombasa is the largest in East Africa and serves landlocked countries including Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan, along with eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2013, the port handled 22.3 million tonnes of cargo, a 9.1 per cent increase from 21.9 million tonnes the previous year.
Meanwhile, the South African National Ports Authority – responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national port system – has been signing MOUs in order to implement the maritime regional integration strategy. This is the fourth memoranda that TNPA has signed. The authority has signed agreements with ports authorities in Mozambique, Namibia and Ghana.
Chief Executive at TNPA, Tau Morwe, said in a statement, “There are a number of obstacles hindering the progress of African ports. These include the lack of deep water berths, poor equipment and the lack of maintenance and infrastructure; limited or no training, limited capital to develop and port infrastructure that is lacking.”
TNPA is also looking at boosting intra-regional trade and also serve to form foundation blocks that will strengthen the regional ports authorities.
Khumalo said, “We will be soon be signing with Angola, we will be signing with Tanzania and also with Sudan. Those are some of the countries that are yet to be signed with. The gist of the MOU is to ensure that there is an exchange of skills, understanding technical experiences and infrastructure development in the ports system.”