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The signing of the Port Community Charter, implementation of the Kenya National Single Window system, execution of the Single Customs Territory and the opening of the Liaison Office in Burundi, are some of the strides that the ministry had made, Principal Secretary Nduva Muli said.
“The charter augments government’s commitment to achieve an efficient, effective and competitive port that will drive the regional economies towards becoming attractive investment destinations,” Mr Muli told the Kenya Ports Authority annual dinner at the Severin Hotel in Mombasa on Saturday.
While acknowledging the support of regional industry players, the PS said the ministry was closely working with the Treasury to ensure speedy clearance of cargo.
Under the charter, which has been embraced by Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, transit importers can now clear their goods at Mombasa.
Mr Muli said the Single Customs Territory was crucial in enhancing trade in East Africa as it eliminated non-tariff barriers.
“Revenue assessment and collection are done at the first point of entry and revenues remitted to the destination partner states. Tanzania and Burundi have also made strides towards joining the SCT initiative,” he said.
The PS said the ministry was keen on the progress and would continue fast-tracking projects and other government initiatives.
The construction of the second container terminal, he said, was 70 per cent complete and would be concluded by March 2015.
PARASTATAL heads who signed the Mombasa port community charter risk being sacked if their agencies do not deliver on the contents of the new entity. The charter signed between the government and the private sector aims at improving the movement of cargo from the port into hinterland