Govt commends Total Tanzania  for investments

11May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
 Govt commends Total Tanzania  for investments

PRIME Minister Kassim Mjaliwa has commended Total Tanzania Ltd for investing $ 200 million (460m/-) in three years.

PRIME Minister Kassim Mjaliwa.

Majaliwa made the statement on Wednesday night when speaking a gala dinner to commemorate the company’s 50th anniversary in Tanzania which was attended by Energy Minister, Dr Medard Kalemani.

He said the oil company has since 2015 invested more than $ 200 million through its services which includes importation and distribution of petroleum products such as diesel, petrol solar products and lubricants.

PM added that Total Tanzania Ltd has so far offered more than 800 direct and indirect employments to Tanzanians. The company contributes 25m/- each year through road safety programs, he noted.

“They have also constructed class rooms worth 45m/- health center at a cost 80m/- and donated 3,000 desks to different schools in Dar es Salaam”, said the Premier noting the company has been supporting small scale entrepreneurs through its program dubbed ‘The African Start Upper Challenge’.

He said six Tanzanians have benefited with the program whereas they were given more than 25m/- each to establish businesses. The program has been implemented in the country since 2016.

Prime Minister noted that the government has started to implement the ‘blueprint’—a program for improving business and investment climate. Some of the issues considered in the blueprint are tax incentives to investors and business policy, the job which is done by a selected team of experts.

He called upon investors to consider establishing businesses in Dodoma since there are many opportunities including construction of industries, hotels and residential houses.

Earlier, President of Total Africa Marketing and services, Stanislas Mittelman said: “The Company is commitment to fulfill its promises to participate and contribute to industrialization in Tanzania”.

He said that Total is the leading partner in the East African Crude Oil Pipeline project EACOP, and that it invested over $ 200 in the last three years through its recent acquisition of GAPCO Tanzania Limited that led to a triple in the size of its oil marketing and service network now reaching 100 petro-stations.

“Over the past years Total has demonstrated its commitment by continuing to invest heavily in Tanzania and the result is evidenced by our steady growth and diversification of our business operations in the country with focus on its downstream business in the importation, marketing and distribution of petroleum products through our network of service stations and general trade supplies”, said Mittelman.

Total Tanzania contributes to country development through corporate social responsibility activities that are deployed yearly such as the construction of school classroom in Singida area, construction of toilets for primary schools in Ilala and Temeke municipal and road safety programs.