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World Bank’s 1.357tri/- due soon

THE World Bank Group (WBG) is in the final stages of injecting 1.357tri/- support on nursery and secondary education projects in the country.This was announced in Dar es Salaam yesterday by the WBG Country Director, Ms Bella Bird.

She told President John Magufuli at the State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday that so far, the bank was funding development projects in Tanzania worth of 10.186tr/- adding that all were progressing well.

According to a statement released by the State House directorate of Presidential Communications, President Magufuli and Ms Bird met to discuss development projects being undertaken in the country under WBG support.

“I have met with President Magufuli to discuss progress of all development projects that are funded by the World Bank. Generally they have good progress,” she said.

World Bank funded projects include the Sustainable Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme which aims to increase access to rural water supply and sanitation services and strengthening the capacity of select sector institutions to sustain service delivery.

Another is the Dar es Salaam Urban Transport Improvement Project (DUTIP) that aims to improve transport mobility, accessibility, safety, and quality of transport service delivery along the selected corridors in Dar es Salaam.

The project is worth of $450.8 million with WB pledging to issue $425 million. At the same time, the bank is partly financing the ongoing construction of the Ubungo Interchange project worth 188.71b/.

Upon completion, the project will transform the lives of people in Dar es Salaam who have been spending a lot of time in traffic jams along Morogoro, Mandela and Sam Nujoma roads.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Tanzania National Roads Agency (Tanroads), Eng Patrick Mfugale, said recently that the project was expected to be completed in mid-2020, eight months ahead of the contract duration.

The project that was launched in March last year by President Magufuli and his guest, Dr Jim Yong Kim, the WBG President, is scheduled to be completed within a 30 months timeframe.

However, Dr Magufuli asked the contractor, China Civil Engineering Construction Cooperation (CCECC) to explore ways of completing it ahead of schedule.

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Author: DEOGRATIUS KAMAGI

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