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The Government of Tanzania is set to receive a loan worth USD180 million (nearly TZS 414 billion) from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for financing road projects in Dodoma, TPJ has learnt.

The agreement to this effect was signed recently in Dar es Salaam by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Doto James, and AfDB Country Manager Alex Mubiru.

According to the Permanent Secretary, the Government would also allocate TZS 82 billion towards projects involving construction of a 110.2 kilometer outer ring road to bitumen standard. 

After the signing, Mr. James expressed the government’s appreciation for the bank’s support towards its desire to become a trade and logistics hub for eastern and southern Africa and added that the implementation of the project was part of the government’s broad agenda of bringing about poverty reduction and rapid social – economic development.

Execution of the project would provide an efficient road access to and from Dodoma City and  to the 10,228 km Great North Road that link South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt, as well as the Central Corridor Road that connects Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda.

For his part, AfDB Country Manager Alex Mubiru, said the project would support Tanzania’s economic and social development agenda, while enhancing regional integration and trade within the East African Community region and improving mobility around the city of Dodoma. 

“The agreement which we have signed would increase the bank’s financed transport sector portfolio to over one billion USD, accounting for 1 percent of the total portfolio of AfDB in Tanzania whose total is 2.05 billion dollars,” Mubiru said.

He further added that Tanzania and AfDB were currently preparing two projects in the transport sector, namely the Bagamoyo – Pangani – Tanga – Horohoro/Lunga Lunga – Mombasa – Malindi road upgrading project and Dodoma’s Msalato International Airport.

In another development, the Ministry of Finance has signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government for strategic project regarding the construction of TZS 4.2 billion bus terminal in Nzega Town Council.

The MoU was signed by Mr. James and the Permanent Secretary President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Mr. Joseph Nyamuhanga.

Mr. Nyamuhanga urged the town council directors to be responsible in supervision of the government funded projects. He conceded some challenges of project delays due to improper procurement procedures.

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