TANZANIA: TANZANIA ASSURES AFDB ALL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS TO BE EFFICIENTLY IMPLEMENTED

The Tanzanian government has assured its continuous cooperation with the African Development Bank (AfDB) in making sure that all projects, including those financed by the financial institution, are efficiently implemented.

Finance and Planning Deputy Minister, Dr Ashatu Kijaji, made the remark when she met with a delegation of 12 AfDB executive directors representing their countries in the institution.

The delegation was on tour of various projects financed by AfDB. "The main objective of the tour which commenced on February 25, this year, is to meet with the government in order to discuss policies and strategic development plans and also to visit projects being financed by the bank," Dr Kijaji said.

The bank's decision makers visited water projects in Zanzibar and Sokoine electricity supply sub-station in Ilala District, Dar es Salaam. During the meeting, the government requested AfDB to speed up the feasibility study and release of funds for the execution of development projects.

The projects, among others, include North - West grid for transporting electricity from Shinyanga to Mbeya through Katavi and Rukwa, while another project will enable the regions in the western part of the country to have access to reliable power, thus turning it into a business hub.

The government is currently working in collaboration with AfDB for sourcing funds for implementing another project for the road construction from Nyakanazi via Kibondo- Kasulu - Manyovu.

"If we will manage to get enough funds for completing our project, then we will stimulate business among the residents of the area and the neighboring Burundi," he said.

On their part, the delegation commended the fifth phase government under the leadership of President John Magufuli for its efficiency in all spheres, including the fight against drugs. The delegation has been impressed on how the country implements the projects being financed by the bank.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK