Southern and Eastern Africa has a large number of land-locked countries and effective port operations are vital to improving trade performance of the region.

One of the challenges to effective ports management, as well as to the identification of logistical port bottlenecks, is the shortage of up-to-date statistics on port performance for ports in the Eastern and Southern African region.

In order to address this challenge, TMSA is supporting the Ports Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa to improve port statistics and port performance statistics.


PMAESA Port Statistic and Performance Indicator System

It is difficult to get up-to-date statistics on port performance for ports in the Eastern and Southern African region. This makes management of ports more difficult and it is also difficult to assess where logistical bottlenecks are if there is insufficient data.

There have been a number of programmes and attempts to improve port statistics and port performance statistics, mainly through initiatives started by UNCTAD, but over the last 10 years of so these initiatives have virtually ceased to exist.

Ports now us different conventions, or no conventions, and are not able to produce statistics on port performance. Efforts by the PMAESA Secretariat to collect and analyse data has however been limited by a number of factors, which among others includes lack of adequate submission of data by members to the Secretariat (which is inadequate and irregular), different approach in use of conventions and principles in data preparation, varying data compiled by the same sources, and lack of focal points that could regularise exchange of information.

Also observed, ports at port level are faced with peculiar problems in compilation of their data which includes inadequate data capture; limited use of data prepared; limited information on performances and competition of ports in the region.

Objectives of Phase 1
(a) Assess the developments so far made in the preparation of port statistics and performance indicators in the list of PMAESA ports given in Section V below;
(b) Develop a common set of definitions and the use of one common convention as regards port statistics;
(c) Develop a web-based database of port performance statistics for PMAESA members that can be used by the ports and other stakeholders to assess their performance and the service provided;
(d) Develop a methodology for up-dating the database by the ports themselves;
(e) Carry out a needs assessment of what needs to be done, in terms of capacity building and provision of computer equipment, to allow an updated web-based database of port performance statistics to be generated and maintained so as to be available to PMAESA members and other stakeholders PMAESA members provide access to.


Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here