Infrastructure Development in Zanzibar’s Maritime Sector

Published 13 days ago
Awadh Ali, Projects Director of Fumba Ports 1
Awadh Ali, Projects Director of Fumba Ports

Modernizing port operations through automation, digitization, and strategic PPPs.

In the realm of maritime infrastructure, few ventures rival the ambition and efficiency exemplified by Fumba Ports Limited. With a background in civil engineering and a master’s degree in Shipping and Trade Finance, Awadh Ali, Projects Director of Fumba Ports, embodies the fusion of expertise required to navigate the complex terrain of port development and operation. He says, “My experience is intertwined between projects and project financing, handling projects from inception to implementation and full operations.”

At the core of Fumba Ports’ operations lies a commitment to revolutionizing port efficiency and customer experience. As the first private port in Zanzibar, licensed under the latest increase in public-private partnership (PPP) projects, Fumba Ports signifies a beacon of progress in Tanzania’s infrastructure development. Ali underscores the significance of this partnership, saying, “Fumba serves as a very good case study for PPP when the government and private sector work together seamlessly.”


The genesis of Fumba Ports stemmed f rom the necessity to alleviate congestion and inefficiencies plaguing the government-owned Malindi Port. Ali says, “Fumba came in to ease pressure on Malindi Port, thus allowing the economy to stabilize.” Through a strategic focus on automation and technology, Fumba Ports has set a new standard for operational efficiency. “We’ve prioritized automation in our operations, allowing us to efficiently process approximately 600 to 700 TEUs to date, with containers cleared in as little as 24 hours,” Ali says.

Beyond operational prowess, Fumba Ports’ vision extends to future expansion and collaboration with the Tanzanian government. Ali envisions Fumba evolving into a fully- fledged port, catalyzing direct cargo flow and reducing transshipment costs. This, he asserts, will invigorate both Zanzibar and Tanzania’s economies, fostering domestic spending and revenue retention.

In the broader context of Tanzania’s investment landscape, Fumba Ports exemplifies the nation’s allure for investors. Ali highlights the government’s proactive stance in facilitating investments, positioning Tanzania as a premier destination for ventures. “Tanzania right now is the number one investment destination, the government is very facilitative. Tanzania is open for business,” he says.