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Monday, December 11, 2023

Coast leaders woo Congolese traders to trade via the port of Mombasa


Jomvu MP Badi Twalib this week led a Congolese delegation to engage with Governor Abdulswamad Nassir as leaders court traders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to import using the Port of Mombasa.

According to the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), the DRC currently holds a substantial 8.2% market share, making it the third-largest user for the port.

Last June, DRC’s state-owned shipping line, Lignes Maritimes Congolaises, commenced operations at the Port of Mombasa, solidifying its place as a crucial hub for Eastern DR Congo traders.

MP Badi Twalib emphasised that the purpose of this meeting was to strengthen integration and friendship, especially since the DRC joined the East African Community (EAC) last year.

Commending KPA Managing Director Capt. William Ruto for his efforts in enhancing port efficiency, Twalib noted the improvements in cargo handling, specifically extending grace periods for DR Congo shipments.

Twalib also praised the modern equipment and expansive berths of the Port of Mombasa, positioning it as a highly efficient choice for businesses. He urged Kenyans to actively market the country’s ports to attract traders not only from the EAC but also from beyond the region.

Acknowledging challenges faced by drivers in transit to Congo, DR Congo Mombasa Consular Kambale Mukokoma assured advocacy for their rights and urged traders to opt for the Port of Mombasa for increased trade volume.

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