The Tanzanian government has confirmed that a new port will be built at Mbegani, about 60 km north of Dar es Salaam next to the town of Bagamoyo. The project was first mooted in 2007, but speaking at a political rally in Bagamoyo in the run-up to the country’s 31 October elections, President Jakaya Kikwete announced that the government had now decided to press ahead with developing the new facility to reduce congestion at the country’s main port, Dar es Salaam.
Bagamoyo was the main port in the area in pre-colonial times and was particularly well known for its role in the slave trade. Bagamoyo Bay, including Mbegani, is believed to offer a natural deepwater harbour and the government expects the initial two berth container terminal to require investment of US$225M....
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