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KPA Berth 19 to be commissioned

27 August 2013, 16:44

Mombasa - Kenya’s efforts to ensure the timely delivery of the Kenya Vision 2030 National Development Strategy are set to receive a major boost as the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Berth 19 is commissioned tomorrow.

Speaking ahead of the major function, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat Director General, Mugo Kibati said the commissioning of the new berth at Kilindini Harbour is one of the major Vision 2030 components that will ultimately culminate in the attainment of the Mombasa port operations improvement flagship project.

“The improvement of the Mombasa port with its various components such as the dredging of Kilindini port to a depth of 15 metres and the construction of a second container terminal, are some of the major components that build up to the Vision 2030 flagship project known as the Mombasa port improvement,” Kibati explained.

Mugo added that the 240 meter long berth to be commissioned by President Uhuru Kenyatta, will significantly boost container handling operations at the port while enhancing regional trade facilitation and economic development.”

Mugo reiterated that the Vision 2030 National Development Plan efforts are on course with flagship projects and related components now at various stages of development.

The development of the new berth, which commenced in July 2011, has so far seen the total quay length of the Mombasa Container Terminal grow to 840 meters.  Linked to an associated stacking yard covering an approximate area of 15 acres, the berth will now afford KPA an additional container holding capacity of 200,000TEUs per year.

 “By all means, such developments and recent funding commitments confirm that Vision 2030 Inatendeka with various implementing partners within government and related agencies playing a critical part,” Kibati said.

Geared at transforming Kenya into a middle income, globally competitive and industrializing country with a high quality of life in the next 17 years, Vision 2030 is, anchored on three pillars. These are; The Social, Economic and Political pillars complemented by an auxiliary pillar known as the Enablers and Macro Pillar, covering projects, interventions and initiatives whose impact ultimately cuts across all the other three pillars.

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