Tanzania recently agreed to a 30-year partnership with a company from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to manage part of its largest port, despite some objections.
This partnership involves Dubai Port (DP) World, a company from the UAE, overseeing four docks at Dar es Salaam Port.
They will also work together with the Tanzania Ports Authority to manage three additional docks.
As part of this collaboration, DP World plans to invest $250 million over the next five years to upgrade the port’s infrastructure.
This move is aimed at making the port more efficient and capable of handling a greater volume of goods.
However, not everyone is in favor of this deal.
Some activists, citizens, and opposition politicians in Tanzania believe that it unfairly benefits the UAE company at the expense of Tanzania.
This disagreement has led to the detention of over 22 people who voiced their opposition to the deal, although some of them have been released.
Amnesty International, a human rights organization, reported this.
Tanzanian authorities have stated that this partnership doesn’t involve all port operations in the country, and they can cancel the contract if needed.
Their goal in entering this partnership is to increase national income and make the port more efficient, which they believe will benefit the country in the long run.