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The government has directed the Engineers Registration Board (ERB) to identify clauses in the public procurement law that hinder participation of engineers in public projects, and to present proposals on how to facilitate their effective participation, TPJ has learnt.

Representing the President of the United Republic of Tanzania at the opening of the Annual Engineers Day and cerebrations to mark ERB’s 50th anniversary in Dar es Salaam recently, Chief Secretary Ambassador John Kijazi said the Government preferred being presented with clauses in the law that limit engineers’ participation rather than complaints that it is not facilitating their involvement.

Ambassador Kijazi said the Government would rather also be presented with proposals on how the law could be amended to help in addressing the challenges identified.

"I urge ERB to re-review [the act], in order to fully understand how the law stipulates the procedure for local bidders in construction projects, to identify shortcomings and present proposals that will help improve [it rather] than complain that the Government does not fully give engineers opportunities in major national projects," Ambassador Kijazi said, adding that the Government was ready to receive the recommendations that would assist it to amend the law.

The Chief Secretary commended ERB for its achievements in regulating the engineering profession in a country which had only 2 engineers at Independence but now it has 22,235 registered engineers.

Participants at the cerebrations also heard the Norwegian ambassador to Tanzania Trygve Bendiksby saying that his country would continue to collaborate with Tanzania in various areas including funding the apprenticeship programme which enables participating women graduate engineers to get the necessary credentials to register as professional engineers.

Ambassador Bendiksby stressed that Norway was a good development partner of Tanzania and that it would continue to be as they saw “significant positive changes in the country as a result of anti-corruption efforts of President John Pombe Magufuli.”

Apart from local participants the three-day event was also attended by representatives from Zambia, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Egypt, Malawi and Kenya.

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