This has been articulated by the Zanzibar Minister for Finance and Planning Amb. Mohammed Ramia Abdiwawa when inspecting the hotel’s construction mid this week.
“The government’s decision was quite fitting – the Wete Hotel was handed to People’s Bank of Zanzibar (PBZ) and the Mkoani Hotel given to the Zanzibar Social Security Fund (ZSSF) for renovation and both have transformed the island’s environment as we can see,” he said.
The minister said the Mkoani Hotel has 18 bedrooms and is set to increase government revenue.
However, he recommended for the hotel and its ‘Umoja ni Nguvu’ Hall to be inaugurated before the Phase VII government leaves office later this year.
He said the time has come for ZSSF projects to be development oriented that will be beneficial to the people of Zanzibar.
He called upon ZSSF officials to ensure the hotel is run commercially and not merely as a service provider.
Speaking about government’s strategies on the construction of a seaweeds factory at Chamanangwe, Amb Ramia said the government will make seaweeds and cloves to be the country’s major crops.
He said in stressing that the government has increased the seaweeds price from 600/- to 1,00/- per kg while the price of cloves will remain as it is.
On the issue of Zanzibar Revenue Board - ZRB Office for Pemba he said the government aim is to see every ministry has modern buildings for its offices so as to offer better services to the people.
Zanzibar’s ZRB Commissioner Joseph Abdallah Meza said ZRB strategies is to have an office in every region to reduce inconveniences to taxpayers.