4th February 2010 By The guardian reporter The government has already prepared a ports master plan for modernising all ports in the country, the National Assembly was told yesterday. Infrastructure Development minister Dr Shukuru Kawambwa informed the House that the project would be implemented over a span of 20 years beginning this financial year. He revealed this when responding to Victor Mwambalaswa (Lupa, CCM), who had wanted to know efforts being taken by the government to modernise ports and build a new airport at Bagamoyo to tap the area's tourism potential. He told the parliamentarians that under the plan, two new airports would be constructed at Mwambani area in Tanga and Mbegani area in Bagamoyo, Coast Region. Dr Kawambwa said Mtwara and Dar es Salaam ports would be extended and modernized under the programme. The minister said so far, investors from China, the United States and Malaysia had showed interest in supporting the government to construct the airport. He said they were waiting for proposals from them on how to implement the project. Dr Kawambwa said the government was planning to construct another airport at Dodoma, as it had already promised in the House. He said compensation for residents of Msalato had already been paid to pave way for the construction of the airport. He added that a feasibility study for the project had already been completed and was done with financial assistance from the Arab bank Badea - at the tune of USD 440,000.