This partnership and collaboration agreement in perspective between the Commercial Company of transport and ports (SCTP) and the government of the Empire of Japan concerns, the rehabilitation of the river ports of Kinshasa, Kisangani and the seaport of Matadi, in Central Kongo Province.

The signing of this agreement also concerns the allocation of these ports in port equipment and efficient work equipment, including handling equipment (cranes and gantries). The agreement is part of the counterpart funds of the Japanese government. Mr. MasahisaSato, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Japan, said that the delegation appreciated the importance and necessity of the modernization of these ports in view of the traffic flow of the goods to be transported by the railway.

These, he pointed out, are transported by rail to the port of Matadi and transported by river to Kisangani, via Kinshasa. The delegation revealed that it has been informed of the role that the Kinshasa-Kisangani river axis plays in the Congolese economy. The visit of the Japanese delegation follows the one made by SCTP General Manager Daniel Mukoko Samba in Japan. During his stay in Japan, Daniel Mukoko visited Japanese companies in the ports and shipping industry.

Japan for the construction of a new port in Maluku

In addition to this project to rehabilitate the ports of Kinshasa and Kisangani, the Japanese Empire also has another agreement with the SCTP to build a new port at Maluku, more than 80 km from the city of Kinshasa. Alongside this project, is still planned, the construction of a railway line linking the port of Maluku to downtown Kinshasa.

In this context, another inspection mission of the Japanese delegation is scheduled in the coming days, for the preparation of a feasibility study for this second project. Regarding the project for the construction of the Kinshasa-Maluku railway line, the talks are advanced with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the source recalls.