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Implementation of the standard gauge railway (SGR) project has to date generated over 13,000 jobs and seen tenders worth TZS 664.7 billion being awarded to 640 local tenderers, TPJ has learnt.

This was revealed recently by the Minister for Finance and Planning, Dr. Philip Mpango, when unveiling to Parliament the Government’s development plan and budget framework estimates for financial year 2020/21.

.Dr. Mpango said a total of TZS 2.96 trillion, including TZS 237.5 billion disbursed between July 2019 and January 2020, has so far been spent on the project which involves construction of a standard gauge railway from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro whose implementation has reached 75 percent and the Morogoro to Makutupora stretch which is at 25 percent. The minister said the Government plans to increase its budget by 5.3 percent in the coming fiscal year to TZS 34.88 trillion to be able to meet its recurrent and development expenditures, which include financing major projects such as the SGR, Julius Nyerere Hydro Electric Power and construction of roads and bridges across the country. .

‘During 2019/20 financial year a total of TZS 12.25 trillion were budgeted for development projects and until January 2020, a total of TZS 6.22 trillion had been disbursed, which is equivalent to 71.9 percent of the target of TZS 8.67 trillion,’ said Dr. Mpango, pointing out that the development expenditure for 2020/21 financial year will increase to TZS 12.9 trillion.

. As for implementation of the 2,115 Megawatts Julius Nyerere Hydropower project, Dr Mpango said notable progress has been made and that TZS 1.28 trillion has been spent so far. He said the project has already generated 3,074 jobs and provided opportunities for 10 local contractors.

He added that the Government has started implementation of the Kigongo – Busisi Bridge in Mwanza region, whereby initial payment of TZS 61.4 billion has been made.

Furthermore, the minister said the Government will continue implementation of rural electrification projects through REA noting that a total of 8,641 villages out of 12,268 villages on Mainland Tanzania had been connected to electricity, which is equivalent to 70.4 percent of all villages. He said between July 2015 and January 2020, a total of TZS 1.53 trillion had been spent on the rural electrification projects.

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