Rwanda is awaiting for a new inland port which is scheduled to boost the 48-year old Magasins Generaux du Rwanda (MAGERWA).
In January 2016, the government signed a 25-year concession agreement with an Arab port operator – Dubai Ports World (DPW) group, to construct and manage the ‘Kigali Logistics Platform’ (KLP).
Construction has since been ongoing. It includes a container yard and goods storage facilities, space for cargo forwarders, shippers and transport operators.
The massive facility located in Masaka sector, Kicukiro district is built on 30 hectares. The facility which includes customs clearance services, was supposed to be ready for use in July this year.
KT Press understands that the company will not meet the deadline. Officials said the scarcity of cement in the country sabotaged the good conduct of the construction activities and thus, will affect business.
The speed of construction was sabotaged by lack of cement According to Sumeet Bhardwaj, Chief Executive Officer of DPW Logistics Rwanda, the first phase of their project was supposed to be completed before July, but was halted by the shortage of cement in Rwanda.
“We are working on what is available and do some imports which has definitely affected our construction plan,” he said.
“We would only afford to finish one warehouse before September. However, if all goes well, by October, the first phase will be done.”