UN system mulling plans to relocate to Dodoma

17Feb 2017
Prosper Makene
The Guardian
UN system mulling plans to relocate to Dodoma

THE United Nations system in Tanzania which constitutes all UN specialized agencies is mulling plans to relocate to the country’s designated capital, Dodoma.

Speaking to Property Watch in Dar es Salaam yesterday, UN Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, Alvaro Rodriguez said discussions with the government are going on to get a place where the entire UN system and staff can be accommodated in Dodoma municipality by 2020.

Rodrigues also said that if the government is shifting its operations to Dodoma, then the UN in the country has no option but to also join the administration there.

“Definitely, the UN Tanzania office will move its operations to Dodoma, we are still in discussions with the government on the move to the designated capital city,” Rodriguez noted.

Responding to the question as to when exactly will UN offices move to the designated capital, the UN chief said: “All of the UN agencies will shift to Dodoma at some point although we don’t know exactly the time, but we will move there once logistics are sorted out.”

During the event to mark UN's 71th anniversary last October, Foreign Affairs and East Africa Corporation Minister, Dr Augustine Mahiga said that he was due to meet with ambassadors and other foreign representatives in the country to discuss their plans to shift to Dodoma.

Mahiga said that some of the embassies have already started scouting for land to construct offices and residences adding that the government is ready to offer them free plots.

"As government, we are shifting to Dodoma and we shall appreciate if some ambassadors moved there too, my meeting with the envoys will entail looking at ways in which they can shift in phases," Dr Mahiga noted.

The plan, which was announced by President John Magufuli last year to fulfill a 1970s referendum outcome which voted to shift the capital from Dar to Dodoma, has seen now many of the ministries and government agencies already shifted to Dodoma from Dar es Salaam.

Winding up the National Assembly proceedings last September, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa gave all ministries a March 2017 deadline to shift their major activities and key officials to Dodoma.

Majaliwa and his entire edifice relocated to Dodoma end last year while giving all ministries and their departments between September and February 2017 to have one or two departments shifted to Dodoma.

“Between March and August is a grace period for various executives in the ministry to plan budget allocation in the 2017/18 financial year as costs for relocating staff to Dodoma,” Majaliwa noted.

“September and February 2018 the ministries will proceed with shifting their staff in remaining departments. The fourth phase will be between March and August 2018 and the final phase will be September to February 2020 involving the office of the president and the vice president.”

The prime minister advised government ministries and departments to swiftly convert all their paper work into electronic documents saying “Dodoma will be an electronic capital.”
Already the government has formed a special team of consultants which will work with the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to review the Dodoma Capital master plan.

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