SPEECH BY CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, KENYA PORTS AUTHORITY      GEN (RTD) JOSEPH R. KIBWANA, EGH, CBS, DURING THE LAUNCH OF KPA MASTER PLAN 2018-2047

 

7th August, 2019

  • Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works Mr. James Macharia, EGH,
  • Principal Secretary State Department of Transport Ms. Esther
  • Koimett, CBS
  • KPA Board of Directors,
  • Kenya Ports Authority Managing Director
  • Senior government officials present,
  •  Distinguished guests,
  • Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

It is an honour to welcome you all this morning for the launch of the Kenya Ports Authority Master Plan 2018-2047.

As we are aware, the Master Plan process is not just about having more berths and infrastructure. It really is an exercise to reimagine and remake not only our port but the nation at large – to think about new versions of port city relationships and developments that will be more fulfilling and sustainable; to think of new ways to stay relevant and competitive to the world, hence, our vision ' World Class Ports of Choice'. Ultimately, that is how we can give ourselves the best chance and opportunity of success in the ever dynamic and volatile world maritime industry.

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

The Kenya Ports Authority, guided by its mandate to develop, maintain, operate, improve and regulate all ports along the Kenya coastline and the additional mandate in 2012, through a legal Notice No. 22 to operate and maintain the inland waterways in Kenya, was among the reasons that inspired the development of the new Master Plan 2018-2047.

Other major changes coming into play, which would otherwise impact the Global Maritime Industry as well as the local Maritime Transport sector, were also among the factors that created the need for the development of the new master plan.

Globally, the ships are growing bigger in size as ship owners want to leverage on more profits by carrying more cargo running few ships, while shippers want to get lower freight costs through economies of scale. The biggest ships in the market, such as Maersk Emma, MSC Oscar and others, are now almost 20,000teu capacity. Ports thus face the challenge of providing space to accommodate these monstrous ships

On the other hand, there is cut throat competition among ports each wanting to be a Hub Port thereby putting huge investments in the ports.

Locally, the changes included;

One, the development of the Standard Gauge Railway and other auxiliary facilities along the northern corridor. There is a need to have a clear and sustainable plan on how to promote and facilitate the SGR business to match up with the forecasted growth over the plan period of up to 30 years.

Two, like we just said, the SGR cannot stand alone without being complemented with other facilities for delivery of the goods and services and efficiency of the cargo handling process. This therefore, also creates the need for establishment of inland container depots, which have had to refurbish and expand the ICDN while looking at possibilities of  possibly identifying others along the corridor and border points to facilitate trade.

 

Three, the forecasted demand of the port facilities, the new commercial port in Lamu and the development of a new transport corridor to also serve the Ethiopia and South Sudan markets. This coupled with the new move to enhance the development of the Blue Economy for sustainable development and poverty eradication, has in a nutshell contributed greatly to the development of the Port Master Plan.

Distinguished guests,

As you have been informed earlier on by our Managing Director Dr. Arch Daniel O. Manduku,

  1. The document has in detailed described the Port Development strategy for all ports i.e. the Port of Mombasa, Lamu Port, Small coastal Ports, Inland Container Depots, Kisumu
  2. Demand forecast and analysis of the port facilities, with recommendations that will guide the Authority on the step by step schedule plan for development of different port infrastructure, to attain favourable utilization of the resources.
  3. Environment and Social considerations in the development of infrastructure throughout the plan period.
  4. Financial assessment and investment requirements for the planned developments as well as the human resources requirements.
  5. Further guidance is made on the level of engagement with the private parties and county governments in the development process for example in the development of the small coastal ports and the lake ports.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This 2018-2047 Master Plan presents a blue print that will define the KPA's development horizon over the next 30 years.

It is therefore, a plan for a collective future. It is up to all of us to make it work. We speak of a future with expanding opportunities. We speak of a future we must shape, because we care and because we cannot miss the opportunity to do so.

The plan we hand over today is about the actions that all of us want to take to secure the future chartered in our country long-term development plan. The plan is about our dreams and aspirations and detailed actionable steps to achieve that.

It is with this regard that we are gathered here today to validate this Kenya Ports Authority Master Plan 2018-2047 and assure our stakeholders of our continuous collaboration and further successful engagements to build better ports for posterity.

 

ASANTENI SANA, Karibuni.