Dar port for 16bn/- automation project

Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) is investing 10 million US dollars (over 16bn/-) to install the Electronic Single Window System that envisages integrating the operations of all port stakeholders.

According to TPA acting Director of Information and Communication Technology Phares Magesa, the envisaged system seeks to facilitate international trade through simplifying flow of information between traders and government institutions.

“We expect that all port stakeholders—shipping and forwarding agencies as well as government institutions overseeing international trade, will benefit from the system,” says Mr Magesa, citing Tanzania Revenue Authority, Tanzania Bureau of Standards, Tanzania Foods and Drugs Authority and the Ministry of Industry and Trade as among the key stakeholders.

The pilot phase of the project is scheduled for April next year, according to Mr Magesa. The effective working electronic system will increase operational efficiency and lead to time saving through speedy imports and exports’ information sharing among stakeholders.

Under the envisaged system, processing and handling information will be automated. The clearing agents, for instance, will no longer need to physically move with documents from one office to another for processing but simply feed the necessary information in one computer connected to the system.

Meanwhile, the authority is contemplating installation of the Integrated Security System (ISS) at Dar es Salaam port to strengthen security of the port and customers’ property. “With the security system, access and movement within the port premises would be highly restricted, said Mr Magesa.

The Dar es Salaam Port was in the past marred by incidents of theft, with the authority incurring huge costs to compensate the lost cargos, due to what the Minister for Transport, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe, has termed as security lapse and existence of a network of thieves within the port.

Mr Magesa believes that after the installation of the security system, the theft incidents will become history. “…access to and movements within the port will be highly restricted. Both, people and cars will have to be certified to get into the port premises.”

There will be CCTV cameras installed all over the port, with an electrified fencing to protect the port and its properties. “All the gates to the port will be automated,” says Mr Magesa.
Source: The Daily News, reported from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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