MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenya has kicked off plans to revive the Kenya
National Shipping Line (KNSL) that has the potential to
contribute over 3 billion U.S. dollars into the country’s
economy annually, a government official said on Sunday.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said the shipping line
is expected to create an average of 3,000 job opportunities for
youth in the first year, and thereafter progressively increase
to 6,000 in five years.
"This administration has invested billions of shillings in
this region to build or improve security, infrastructure and
general service delivery, with the simple goal of uplifting the
lives of residents in an inclusive way," he told journalists in
Esipisu said negotiations are at an advanced stage for the
exit of foreign shareholders who have expressed desire to cease
working with KNSL, due to KNSL having become a parastatal.
The revival of the shipping line is expected to return Kenya
to its historical place as a rich seafaring nation with highly
The shipping line has been dormant for decades.
Esipisu said the plan which is being rolled out by the State
Department of Maritime and Shipping Affairs, is part of the
government’s wider plan to boost the economy of the coast region
as well as that of the whole country.
Meanwhile, Esipisu said Kenya Railways will receive 200
freight wagons, three passenger locomotives and other equipment
in the coming week for the Standard Gauge Railway which will be
ready for use in June.
He also revealed that 35 students left the country last month
to start a four year Railway Degree Programme at Beijing
Jiaotong University in China.
"We are still on schedule for the handover and the first
train will run by June 1," said Esipisu.
He also pointed out that the Mombasa Port has undergone
significant transformation under the Jubilee Administration.
"There has been an increase in the number of berths, improved
efficiency of management of the port that has resulted in
significant increase of the container throughput," he said.