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Mungatana gets down to business at KPA

29 January 2014, 18:10 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Kenya Ports Authority Chairman Danson Mungatana has ordered a thorough analysis of the port of Mombasa so as to ascertain progress and impact of the activities at the Port.

Mungatana has directed that all the ongoing projects must be fully audited to give a clear and current picture of the viability of the Port.

Speaking during a board meeting held Wednesday at the Port headquarters, Mungatana said the move will enable the government put in place the correct measures to transform the port into a world-class facility.

He reiterated that the Jubilee Government is committed to fast-tracking various initiatives undertaken by the KPA to boost efficiency at the port of Mombasa, thus reducing the cost of doing business.

“I direct the KPA management to carry out a complete diagnostic analysis of the port to determine the actual position of the port” he said.

Mungatana, who was appointed recently by President Uhuru Kenyatta, has also authorized the KPA MD to seek international expertise in analyzing the Port.

He pledged to work with all stakeholders in ensuring that the country’s port facilities compete with the best ports in the world.

“Let me assure all our stakeholders including KPA employees of my commitment to working closely with them to realize the goal of making Kenya a globally competitive economy boasting efficient port facilities” Mungatana added.

As the regional economic hub, Kenya needs ports that are functioning optimally thus reducing cargo turnaround times for the local economy and also neighboring countries that depend mainly on the port of Mombasa,” he said.

The newly appointed chairman said he was optimistic that with the new berth which was commissioned recently by the East African heads of state services at the port will be more efficient and reliable.

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