China to stick with Tanzania in time of need, says envoy

24Aug 2019
Aisia Rweyemamu
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
China to stick with Tanzania in time of need, says envoy

Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Wang Ke yesterday said that China cannot decline requests by Tanzania for development assistance in areas it is capable of helping, thanks to friendly relations since the early 1960s.

Chinese ambassador to Tanzania Wang Ke.

Speaking during the launch of solar-powered automatic street lights at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) that the embassy financed, Wang said her country cherishes the cordial relations with Tanzania and has always been ready to support Tanzania without strings attached.

 The two countries established bilateral relations in 1964. China which accepted to construct the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA) in the 1970s after the World Bank turned down the project “stood out from the crowd as a true friend of Tanzania and Africa.”

“We are always glad to assist Tanzania so as to continue friendly bilateral relations. That is why I accepted the request to put up street lights which will improve security for students as well as staff,” she said.

The 35 lights that sense light or darkness to go on and off automatically have been erected along key roads linking lecture halls, halls of residence and the new library.  The request to finance the project was extended to the embassy by UDSM former lecturer Dr Bashiru Ally, who is currently secretary general of the ruling CCM party.

 Speaking at the event, Dr Bashiru said that China’s assistance at the university is part of advancing the African continent's liberation in the area of knowledge.

“The doors are open for anyone who wants to help us, but should not put any conditions,” he declared.

Speaking before launching the street lights along Chief Kunambi Road, he thanked China for the donation, noting that Tanzania will continue to strengthen exiting bilateral relation between the two countries.

He said the lights will improve security at the university.

The new modern library at the university which was funded and constructed by China is another testimony of China's commitment toward assisting Tanzania in achieving its development goals.

Earlier in introductory remarks, UDSM Vice Chancellor Professor William Anangisye explained that the Chief Kunambi Road is the popular road used by students and staff than all other roads at the university.

The installed lights have a capacity for 8000 lumens and can last for 50,000hours without needing to be replaced, he elaborated.

The project worth 49,330 USD (113.4m/-) was conducted in the past two months, the VC added.

 

 

 

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