He made the call yesterday here when he met with local contractors working in the region to discuss various challenges facing the construction sector and see how to address them.
According to him, many construction projects like the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Stiegler’s Gorge Power Generation Project, which have been taken by foreigner contractors.
RC Chalamila cited lack of capital, low knowledge and skills as among the challenges which have been thwarting locals from competing in the mega construction tenders.
He urged local contractors to ensure that their companies are equipped with modern facilities and required technology for them to compete for public tenders.
He noted that the government has the responsibility to protect local companies by offering them jobs to implement big projects.
“My plea is for you (contractors) to work in team, join efforts and establish big companies, invest much power in developing your firms so as to be able to undertake various big tenders...,” he said.
The RC said: “The government is satisfied by all projects being handled by the local contractors and it believes that they can also implement major projects.”
He called on contractors and engineers to ensure that they deliver quality services to all projects they are handling and ensure that they keep on improving to reach the International standards.
For his part, President of Tanzania Local Contractors Organization (TLCO) Kura Mayuma blamed the government for not giving them enough support by offering tenders to foreigners even those which can be handled by locals.
“The government also takes long time to pay our arrears, this affects us as we find ourselves in a hard situation…our capitals remain the same for years as we are not paid on time thus affecting our relation with financial institutions as we delay to repay loans,” he said