Local Transporters have capacity to transport fuel products
Transporters Association of Malawi has hinted that they have the capacity to transport the country’s fuel products from the ports of Beira in Mozambique and Dare salaam in Tanzania.
Secretary General for the Transporters Association of Malawi, Sympathy Chisale disclosed this Friday at Tobacco Commission Old Offices in Kanengo, Lilongwe during a Press conference on fuel transportation into the country.
He said 1 Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) has empowered local transporters to take part in the hauling of fuel products into the country and the association was given a test to haul fuel products from port Beira which was successful done.
Chisale revealed that the Association was ready to send 400 fuel tankers to port of Dare Salaam too haul fuel products to demonstrate that they have the required capacity to do the work.
He said Malawi Parliament had faulted the arrangement where a fuel blocker was monopolizing the transporting of fuel products into the country.
“We believe if local transporters are encouraged to participate in the hauling of fuel products into the country, they will help to create jobs for many Malawians as it has been the agenda of government to create 1 million jobs for Malawians,” Chisale stated.
The Secretary General said they are happy that government has moved in to ensure that associations are working in groups in order to provide a service to the nation unlike what was happening when one blocker was monopolizing fuel transportation.
He said the monopoly by the blocker was fueling fuel price adjustments as was drawing some levies from Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) on quarterly basis.
Chisale said it was pleasing to noted that Women in Logistics and Large Suppliers (WOLLSS) have joined to be part of the process of transporting fuel products into the county.
“The inclusion of women participation in the process signifies the promotion of gender equity in the transport sector which needs to be encouraged and supported by all stakeholders,” he added
The Secretary General added that local transporters are ready to support government’s Affordable Input Programme (AIP) for this year by transporting the inputs into country with the view to save forex.
“We are even surprised to note that over 90 percent of the AIP products were being transported by Mozambican transporters while local transporters were just left out,” he observed.
WOLLSS Secretary General, Dr Margaret Chaika thanked government for encouraging women to take part in fuel hauling into the country.
She said the grouping has over 45 women involved in the transportation sector and they have capacity to do the work.
The Press conference had attracted four associations namely; Transporters Association of Malawi, WOLLSS, Road Transport Operators of Malawi (RTO) and TA2016.