A. What is the Charter?

This Charter is a statement of the scope, objectives and participants in the Mombasa Port and Northern Corridor community’s efforts to transform the port and corridor into an efficient, reliable and globally competitive port and corridor.
It provides a preliminary delineation of roles and responsibilities, outlines the Charter objectives, identifies the main stakeholders, and defines the authority of the Steering Committee.
The Charter among other things:

  • Acts as a contract of engagement between key stakeholders
  • Defines the main stakeholders
  • Documents reasons for stakeholders’ efforts
  • Highlights the key stakeholder objectives
  • Provides a shared understanding of the port community’s aspirations
  • Provides direction concerning any solutions identified by stakeholders to resolve long standing challenges
  • Takes into account the best interest of the cargo owners and all customers.

B. Rationale for the Creation of the Charter

The Mombasa Port and Northern Corridor community has noted that transport and logistical inefficiencies are among the biggest impediments to intended performance, in turn leading to high transport costs that are a barrier to trade and investment.
The Charter is a multi-stakeholder institutional mechanism to enable discussions, negotiations and joint planning between stakeholders from the port and corridor community. It involves complex processes with diverse actors.
The Charter aims to provide a space in which stakeholders can share and discuss their interests and coordinate their activities.
It also aims to contribute to a sustainable performance and development of the Mombasa Port and Northern Corridor.

C. Charter Objectives

The Charter aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • Establish a permanent collaborative framework that binds the port community to specific actions, collective obligations, targets and time lines.
  • Complement the individual institutional service charters by incorporating individual institutional service charter goals into the Charter’s results framework.
  • Introduce, educate and publicise to cargo owners, traders, labour unions, civil society and the general public the best industry practices and guiding principles, and inculcate acceptable behaviour by all citizens participating in international trade.
  • Develop and implement a self-monitoring mechanism to ensure implementation of collective community obligations.