Role of water transport in economic development

The following are the Roles of water transport in economic development

  • Promotes fishing due to easy movement on water bodies.
  • Promotes agriculture by linking agricultural islands to market areas e.g. Kalangala.
  • Promotes lumbering by helping in the distribution of timber products.
  • Promotes cross border trade between the East African countries hence increasing revenue.



  • Promotes regional co-operation amongst the East African countries which promotes peace.
  • Provides government with revenue through custom duties for national development.
  • Provides employment opportunities e.g. engineers, patrol officials hence improved standards of living.
  • Promotes industrial growth through the distribution of industrial goods to international market centers.
  • Promotes tourism by connecting to all tourist sites in the island areas e.g. Kalangala.



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