‚ÄčSPEECH BY MR. JAMES MACHARIA EGH, THE CABINET SECRETARY IN THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE, HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS

DURING THE LAUNCH OF KPA 2018-2047 MASTER PLAN AT THE WHITESANDS BEACH RESORT AND SPA MOMBASA ON WEDNESDAY  7TH AUGUST 2019

Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Kibwana, Board Chairman of Kenya Ports Authority

Board of Directors of the Kenya Ports  Authority

Dr. Arch. Daniel Manduku, Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority,

Senior Government officials present,

Invited guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

I am pleased to join you this morning to unveil the Kenya Ports Authority Master Plan for the period 2018 - 2047.  This event marks an important milestone in the continued transformation of Kenya's transport industry, specifically in the ports and shipping sectors.

Distinguished Guests,

In 2018, we launched the Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2022 that set the tone for the direction that KPA is taking regarding facilitating regional and international trade.

Today, we are here again to launch another closely related document - the KPA 2018-2047 Master Plan. This blueprint outlines plans for the development of Kenyan ports over the next thirty years.  

I appreciate the wide consultations that have been done with the relevant stakeholders to ensure adequate incorporation of their views in the final document.  Although this is not the first port Master Plan to be developed by KPA, I note that this is the first plan that has incorporated all the ports that we have in Kenya. 

It is important to note that the development of this Master Plan has been guided by the Kenya's Vision 2030 Development Blueprint and, more specifically, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta's Big Four Development Agenda. All the projected port-related programmes detailed in the Vision 2030 Development Blueprint have been included in this Master Plan.  These include the Lamu Port and Mombasa Port Development Programmes, and the plans to develop small seaports. This Master Plan has also outlined the planned developments at Kisumu port, as well as scheduled developments concerning Inland Container Depots.

The implementation of these projects as outlined in the Master Plan will increase container capacity from 1.65 million TEUs currently to 3.5 Million TEUs by 2030 and ultimately 5.9 million TEUs by 2047, up from.  In terms of tonnage, total capacity is projected to grow from  40.6 million tons currently to reach 68.8 million tons by 2030 and ultimately 77.8 million tons by 2047 for Mombasa.  

The implementation of this Master Plan is particularly expected to support growth of the manufacturing sector one of the Big Four Agenda items.  The planned development of Special Economic Zones in Mombasa and Lamu will create platforms that are conducive for the growth of manufacturing, and therefore increase our exports and create employment opportunities for the Youth.

The development of Shimoni Port as a premier fishing port in the country with a capacity of 50,000 metric tons will play a key role in boosting food security.  This port will be supported by planned developments of allied value chain facilities such as fish processing and cold storage facilities, fish landing sites, amongst others.

Developments relating to the LAPPSET corridor will also play a catalytic role in the growth of a new economic corridor that will feed into the Lamu Port.

Place and role of the Ministry

The successful implementation of a Master Plan of this scale, magnitude and ambition is heavily dependent on the support of relevant stakeholders and other industry players. Top on the list of these stakeholders are the Government agencies.

As the parent Ministry therefore, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is keen to not only take the lead in supporting the development and implementation of this Master Plan, but also to ensure that we have effectively partnered with relevant stakeholders, especially in the EAC region, for successful implementation.

Conclusion

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Government is placing a lot of emphasis on developing world-class infrastructure that will facilitate seamless trade in the spirit of the East Africa integration.  Projected increases in cargo volumes as regional economies growth mean that we need to have robust plans in place to cater for the increased demand.   

I wish to thank all stakeholders who have played a role in conceptualizing, developing and completing this Master Plan. I would also like to emphasize that far from being the end, this is actually the beginning of the formidable task of implementing this impressive, comprehensive and bold Master Plan. 

Your continued support will therefore be required to expeditiously implement this Master Plan, and to ensure that KPA continues to effectively carry out its critical role as the gateway to trade in investment not only in Kenya, but in the East Africa region.

It is now my wish to declare the Kenya Ports Authority 2018-2047 Master Plan officially launched.

Thank you and God bless you.