When announced several years ago, the anticipated PAPU complex, whose construction grounds located next to Mount Meru Hotel are being levelled now, was touted to be the tallest building in Arusha City, though since then other high edifices have also cropped up in town.
The Pan-African Postal Union complex will be constructed at the cost of 33 billion/- to serve as the headquarters for the continental communications body.
President John Pombe Magufuli was initially expected to lay the foundation stone for the 17 floor building on the 18th of January 2020 in Arusha but until going to press on Thursday, it was clear that this was subject to change.
The PAPU complex project is a joint venture between the Arusha-based continental posts body and the Tanzania government through the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).
"The Implementation of this project is now underway," affirmed the minister for Works, Communications and Transport Engineer Isack Kamwele who officiates the 40th Anniversary of PAPU at the Arusha International Conference Center between the 17th and 19th of January 2020.
The PAPU Assistant Secretary General Kolawole R. Aduloju, said the continental postal body would meet 60 percent of the costs while the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) will take care of the remaining bill tab.
Set to be a towering high edifice at 17 floors the PAPU building is set to radically change the skyline of Arusha city which has seen declining property development in the last few years. Major investment houses currently dominating the skyline are the Ngorongoro Tourism Centre, National Social Security Fund's (NSSF) Mafao House and Palace Hotel, all designed a decade ago.
Li Liang, the project manager with Beijing Engineering and Construction Limited said the project will be completed in two-and-a-half years or essentially a period of 30 months, which means the complex will open shop in 2023.
Recently, minister Kamwele in a company of Papu and TCRA officials visited and handed over site to engineers from the Chinese construction firm. The Arusha regional and district leaders, who accompanied Engineer Kamwele, assured the contractors that security would be beefed up in the area during the construction period.
PAPU was established in January 1980 as a specialized agency of the then Organization of African Union -the precursor to the African Union - after a postal conference held in Arusha. It is one of several regional and international organizations with permanent headquarters in Arusha, including the East African Community (EAC) and its affiliated institutions.