Tanzania has signed a 30-year agreement with Dubai state-owned port operator DP World to operate part of Dar es Salaam port. The deal will see DP World lease and operate four of the 12 berths in the country’s largest port. The agreement also includes plans for DP World to invest $250 million in the port’s modernization over the next five years, focusing on improving freight handling systems and reducing delays. The partnership aims to improve the port’s effectiveness and efficiency by reducing cargo handling time and increasing port capacity.
The agreement between Tanzania and DP World has faced opposition from the public, including the Catholic Church, lawyers, activists, and opposition politicians who argue that the terms favor DP World and provide little benefit to Tanzania. However, President Samia Suluhu Hassan stated that her government had taken all viewpoints into account during negotiations. DP World Chairman and Managing Director, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, believes that the partnership will strengthen the port’s role as a maritime gateway to important green energy minerals and the Copper Belt.
This agreement is expected to enhance trade and connectivity for landlocked countries in East and Southern Africa, including Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Zambia. The partnership will bring improvements to the port’s operations and capacity, benefiting both Tanzania and the wider region.