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Chinese Firm Dismisses Tanzania’s Claims on Stalled $10 Billion Port as “Not True”

The Bagamoyo Port is being constructed in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Work started in 2018. It is planned to be one of the largest government infrastructure projects in the country. The Bagamoyo port and its affiliate industrial zone are meant to address congestion at the old port and to help position Tanzania to become one of East Africa’s leading shipping and logistics centers.

China’s largest port operator accused the Tanzanian government of spreading “false information” and misguiding the public about the cause of stalled negotiations over the $10 billion Bagamoyo port development it is backing in the country.

China Merchants Holdings International (CMHI) has been in negotiations with the Tanzanian government since 2013 about plans to build a harbor and special economic zone in Bagamoyo, 75km north of Dar es Salaam, but those negotiations hit an impasse in June.

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