Officials from Uganda and Tanzania will in the coming days meet to fine-tune the work plan for the development of the proposed Shs11 trillion crude oil export pipeline. The 1,400km pipeline will run from Hoima District in the Albertine Graben through Masaka and Mutukula in Uganda to Bukoba, Biharamulo, Shinyanga, and finally to the Indian Ocean port of Tanga in Tanzania. For Tanga – the oldest port in East Africa having been established by Portuguese traders around 1500 as a trading port for ivory and slaves – the development will likely rouse the city port that had faded off the region’s trading map following the rise of Mombasa (further north) and Dar es Salaam (further south). Tanga remains Tanzania’s second largest port though, handling about 700,000 tons of cargo annually, according to the Tanzanian Ports Authority (TPA). It handles a negligible amount of cargo – if at […]