Tanga regional authorities have teamed up with a Korean firm, GoodPM, to establish 15 industries in a 73-hectare land in Pongwe area.
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (Investment and Empowerment) Mary Nagu (pictured) said this in the parliament yesterday when answering a question by Tanga Urban legislator Omari Rashid Nundu who wanted to know the time-frame for turning the region into industrial hub.
The minister said that government’s strategy to turn the region into industrial base in Tanzania has started bearing fruit.
She said the proposed construction of the 15 factories is expected to start in May this year. The project falls under the Tanga Economic Corridor.
She said that the government in collaboration with the Export Processing Zones Authority of Tanzania (EPZA) has allocated 1,363 hectares of land for industrial development in Tanga Region.
Assessment for the industrial area has been completed,” the minister said, adding that in collaboration with the National Development Corporation (NDC) also another area of 50 hectares has been allocated for industrial development in Kange, Mbugani and Tanga.
The minister said in line with turning Tanga into a centre of industries such factories as NILCANT lime processing, Rhino Cement and Sungura Cement will be built “very soon” in the area.
Dr Nagu warned investors who have not developed their allocated plots that government would repossess them and be given to interested Tanga residents.