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Tanzania billed to  become regional  transportation hub

Tanzania billed to become regional transportation hub

TANZANIA is set to become a regional transportation hub with the proposed construction of Bagamoyo Port still in sight.

Works and Transport Minister, Makame Mbarawa said all East African partner states will be using the port once the multi-billion-dollar project comes to fruition.

Professor Mbarawa who addressed the 31st National Conference of the Institute of Institute of Engineers Tanzania (IET) here on Thursday, told the engineers that talks on the proposed construction of the maritime facility were at an advanced stage, signaling good economic fortunes.

“Talks for the proposed port are still ongoing, with the country set to become a transportation hub in the region,” he disclosed.

 The government had in November this year announced plans of kick-starting negotiations for the multi-billion dollar Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone (SEZ). It said that it had formed a team to prepare the country’s position on what interests it requires when it comes to project implementation.

Tanzania’s team of negotiators includes the permanent secretaries responsible for Transport, Investment, Finance and Planning, as well as Industry and Trade. In the same vein, Professor Mbarawa challenged the engineers to be more than ready to engage the government in executing and implementing major development projects.

“We are banking on your readiness as the government continues to embark on some of the strategic projects such as the Julius Nyerere Hydropower Station,” explained the Minister. He equally called on the engineers to fully engage the private sector in executing such projects.

Earlier, IET President Rizwan Qadri decried the shortage of active members in the professional body. According to Engineer Qadri, the number of active IET members stood at 4,568 countrywide while the number of registered engineers clocked 32,145.

“This is a gentle reminder to all Engineers to use this platform to register themselves and become active members,” he added.

During the event, the professional body honored President Samia Suluhu Hassan for her unwavering support for the construction industry. The conference also saw 45 new engineers taking oaths, to practice integrity and honesty.

IET is registered under the Societies Act and is guided by a written constitution approved by its membership.

Some of its objectives include promoting general advancement of the science and practice of Engineering and its applications, and to facilitate exchange of information and ideas on those subjects.

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Author: EDWARD QORRO in Arusha

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