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Issue No. 2/2013 (March)

PMAESA Celebrates 40th Anniversary PMAESA celebrates its 40th anniversary with a grand event in Durban, South Africa between 3 – 7 November 2013 to coincide with its Annual Council Meeting and Conference. The process and systems are already in place to celebrate this milestone in a manner that has never been seen before. The celebrations in Durban will combine quite a list of activities which the planners have indicated to be high level sector ministerial workshops, a conference for the stakeholder community as well as other port related public involvement such as open days at the ports. A team of experts is already fine tuning the thematic

presentations which will hinge and focus on “African Maritime Industry as a Tool for Economic Integration� drawing leverage from the African Union's Integrated Maritime Strategy 2050. The organizing team has already invited the port and maritime fraternity to express their interest in the thematic presentations for the final programming. Parallel to this event will be an exhibition, probably the biggest ports and maritime showcase ever in the region. The sale of exhibition space is on and those interested can contact or

PMAESA In The News

PMAESA Secretary General Mr. Franklin Mziray being interviewed by CNN's Ms Robyn Curnow an anchor and correspondent for CNN based at the network's bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa. Curnow is host of CNN Marketplace Africa, a programme that offers a weekly insight into African business. She has interviewed newsmakers such as former South African President Nelson Mandela, US First Lady Michelle Obama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Along with politicians such as South African President Jacob Zuma and Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Curnow has now added PMAESA's SG on her growing list of who is who in the world's news arena. While still in Johannesburg the SG had a news interview at the Summit TV, South Africa essential business and market channel for its 22 March evening business news slot. During his visit to South Africa he also had a telephonic interview with Ms Razina Munshi, a reporter with Financial Mail (or the FM, as it is widely known), a South African business publication focused on reaching the country's top business people.

IAPH Appoints PMAESA's Liz Sibindi to It’s Communications Committee Ms. Liz Sibindi, PMAESA's Communications Technical Committee chairperson has been appointed to serve on the Communication and Community relations Committee of the International Association of Ports and Habours (IAPH). Ms Sibindi is also the Corporate Communication Manager for Namibian Ports Authorty. In her acceptance note to the IAPH Secretary General Mr. Susumu Naruse, extended he appreciation of the “ humbling honor for the noble appointment to serve on the communication and community relations committee of the prestigious maritime body.” “As the current communications chairperson of the PMAESA (Port's management association for

eastern and southern Africa), it is indeed an honor for all of us, an appointment celebrated at the Regional level as well.” Ms Sibindi said she was greatly excited about the opportunity and was still “ trying to internalize the meaning of this and at the same time.” “ It is my commitment to contribute to the committee to the best of my ability while I learn about the global best practices which can only enhance our efficiencies and productivity both locally, regionally and for the continent at large,” she added. Ms Sibindi joins Mr. Bernard Osero of Kenya Ports Authority who is also the PMAESA pointman in the committee.

Ms. Liz Sibindi

DAKAR Hosts PMAWCA's 36th Council Meeting The Senegalese Capital City of Dakar will host Port Management Association of Western and Central Africa (PMAWCA)'s 36th Council in June this year. Mr. Michael Luguje, PMAWCA's Secretary General said the organizing Committee was discussing to confirm either the week of 17 to 21 June or 24 to 28 June 2013 will be the most ideal for the Council meeting. “We should confirm that before

10th April and keep you posted”, he said in an email to the PMAESA Secretariat. The annual conference was initially scheduled for Conakry in Guinea, a port city on the Atlantic Ocean. PMAWCA together with UAPNA are the two sister port Associations founded by the United Nation Economic Commission of Africa (UNECA) in 1973.

Mr. Michael Luguje - PMAWCA Secretary General

KwaZulu-Natal Advised to Invest within PMAESA Region The Secretary General of Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA) Mr. Franklin Mziray has advised South Africa's KwaZuluNatal (KZN) province to target investing both inside and outside the province in creating their Maritime Integration Strategy. Mr. Mziray was making a presentation entitle “Opportunities for Regional Alignment and Collaboration on Investment, Trade and Skills Development with the South African Maritime Industry” during the just concluded first KZN Integrated Maritime Conference held onboard MSC Sinfonia Cruise ship. Mr. Mziray told the delegates drawn from across South Africa and beyond that KZN boasts two of Africa's leading ports namely Durban and East London and was therefore well positioned to become a regional hub catering for not only the East African region, but also Indian Ocean islands. The meeting was also addressed by Natal Premier Dr. Zweli Lawrence Mkhize, Member of the Executive

Council an equivalent of a cabinet minister Mr. Michael Mabayakhulu Speaker of e Thekwini (KwaZulu Natal Parliament) Councillor Logie Naidoo, Chief Executive Officer of Transnet Port Terminal Mr. Karl Socikwa among other key speakers from across the world. “If you develop either of these ports as a hub-port, you are definitely going to capture all the transshipment cargo destined to the Indian Ocean islands of Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion,

Seychelles and the rest,” said Mr. Mziray. PMAESA SG also suggested that KZN seriously consider being the capital for the Indian Ocean Cruises owing to their central position interms of itinerary planning. The PMAESA team onboard the cruise ship also included Mr. Vusi Khumalo, the Senior Manager Stakeholder Relations at South Africa's Transnet National Ports Authority and Mr. George Sunguh, PMAESA's Communication Officer.

Crown Agents Officers Visit PMAESA Secretariat PMAESA Secretariat was recently visited by Mr. John Walden, Senior Adviser, Custom & Trade Facilitation and Mr. Colm Mckeown, Regional Trade Adviser, East Africa both from Crown Agents on a courtesy call cum fact-finding mission. The meeting discussed wide ranging issues with PMAESA's team led by Mr. Simon Meja, Projects

Development Officer. The team also included Mr. Mathew Adera, Finance Officer and Mr. Mubarak Sodha, IT Officer. The visitors stated that they were bidding for the position of Lead Contractor with USAID to run the East Africa Trade Hub programme. Left to right: Mr. Simon Meja, Mr. Mathews Adera, Mr. Colm McKeown and Mr. Jon Walden at the PMAESA Secretariat

Tanzania's Economy Registers an Upward Growth Tanzania's expected growth of seven per cent this year will be the second best in the East African Community (EAC) bloc after that of Rwanda, according to the IMF's latest World Economic Outlook report. Overall, the global economic recovery is still uncertain and this will have an impact on the performance of the EAC economies. The rebound in Uganda is mainly premised on good prospects in the oil sector.

While attending the BRICs summit in Durban, China's President Xi Jinping met with President Museveni, who chairs the East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) regional economic blocs. Talks centered on proposed partnerships regarding cross-border and trans-regional infrastructure construction on the continent.

China Builds The Biggest Port In Africa China is investing $10 billion to build a new port at Bagamoyo, a town northwest of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's capital city and improve infrastructure related to the port improvement and boost regional trade. The port used mainly to shipping raw materials to China and bringing Chinese manufactured goods in. Among the imports will be most of the components for the ports and Chinese mines and other infrastructure projects in the region. The new port will be able to handle 20 million cargo containers a year. The current port facilities at Dar es Salaam can only handle 800,000 containers a year. New roads and railroads will connect to existing road and railroad networks, and these will also undergo upgrades. This will make Tanzania the main port for raw materials coming out of and goods going into Malawi, Zambia, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda,

A view of the beach in Bagamoyo

and Uganda. This makes Tanzania a major East African shipping destination because Bagamoyo will become the largest port in Africa and one of the biggest in the region (which includes the Persian Gulf ).

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Brief Facts About Bagamoyo The town of Bagamoyo is the oldest town in Tanzania, founded by the end of the 18th century. It was the original capital of German East Africa and one of the most important trading ports along the East African Coast. It is designated as a World Heritage Site. The town was a penultimate stopping point of slave and ivory caravans travelling on foot from Lake Tanganyika on their way to Zanzibar. Missionaries active in abolishing the slave trade made Bagamoyo, whose name means ‘bury my heart’ in Kiswahili, a centre of their activities.

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