By Kiyimba Bruno

Various stakeholders have exchanged ideas on the best means of utilising the Mombasa port with in the East African region.

The function that took place at Sheraton hotel Kampala attracted stakeholders from Uganda,Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda

Among the discussants was the Assistant Commissioner field services at Uganda Revenue Authority Mr Steven Magera who pointed out that  there is need to ease the clearance of the goods at the port which shall enable them simplify the traders work.

He added that there is a problem of the second alternative in case things have not worked out.

“We can’t rely on one option however much we try things out. We need plan B  as solution in case one thing has failed out.

Magera however commended that there is easy communication which is brought about by improvement in the Information Communication Technology.

Captain William Ruto,the General Manager Operations at Kenya Ports Authority said that the conference is here so that loopholes are realized to enable them have a solution to them

He clarified that the total cargo number throughout Mombasa has continued to increase year by year.

” In 2016 the port handled a record total of 27.36million tonnes, a rise of 2.4% over the previous 12 months. ” noted Ruto.

He however pointed out that the port saw annual container throughout reach 1.091m to 1.4% rise in 2015.

He congratulated Kenya Ports Authority and Uganda shippers for realising the importance of the trade workshop.