DODOMA, TANZANIA-- Tanzania's President John Magufuli has highlighted three major issues which East African countries need to overcome in order to benefit their combined population of 170 million people.
Addressing the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) in the Tanzanian capital, Dodoma, on Tuesday, the President said conflicts, a low number of industries and the absence of enough infrastructure and energy sector are factors which the legislators from the six nations in the East African Community (EAC) should address in their meeting.
He said conflicts in some parts of the region are costing people lives, and it is the role of the EALA members to address the problem and unify all EAC citizens.
Dr Magufuli added that a poor industrial sector in EAC member states -- Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda -- was denying its people employment since we are exporting more raw materials than finished goods.
As for energy, President Magufuli said the region was producing only 6,500 megawatts of electricity, which cannot support its ambition of industrialization, He advised the EALA members to also deliberate on this issue.
He cited the example of Tanzania, which produces only 1,500 MW now but promised that after the comletion of its Stigler's Gorge hydro-electric power project, the country would produce enough energy to support its industrial sector.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK