EU: Tanzania appeals for investment in infrastructure development

26Feb 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dodoma
The Guardian
EU: Tanzania appeals for investment in infrastructure development

​​​​​​​TANZANIA has appealed to the European Union (EU) to invest in areas of development which the government has begun implementing including infrastructures development in the new EU-Tanzania cooperation agreement for 2021-2027.

Minister for Finance and Planning Dr Philip Mpango.

This was revealed in Dodoma by the Minister for Finance and Planning Dr Philip Mpango when he met and held discussions with the EU ambassador to Tanzania, Manfredo Fanti on the economic development cooperation.

Dr Mpango said in the new economic development cooperation agreement between Tanzania and the EU set to start 2021 it would be better for it to strengthen areas of development which the government has begun implementing in particular in the sectors of education, health, infrastructures and others so at to attain sustainable targets.

"We have a huge task investing in human resources because infrastructures development for example cannot attain the target set thereon without investing in the human resources and that is why we in the government have decided to offer free education from primary to secondary levels,” explained Dr Mpango.

He said on the issue of infrastructures, the government is looking for the possibility to start construction of a railway line from Mtwara port on the Indian Ocean up to the port of Mbamba Bay on the eastern shores of Lake Nyasa to ease freight transport woes as well saving the government a lot of money used in repairing roads that are persistently damaged by freight trucks.

He further said the railway infrastructure will have branches to Liganga iron ore mines and Mchuchuma huge coal deposits and added that the railway will also ease transport of goods to neighbouring countries including Malawi that will spur trade between the two nations and increase of revenue.

On his part the EU ambassador to Tanzania Manfredo Tanti hailed the government for its sound development policies but also said in order to improve the environment for trade among the things needed include infrastructure, training, digital economy and good governance of which Tanzania has made great strides in implementation.  

Economic development agreement that was being implemented since 2014 end this year, the situation that calls for talks for another agreement for the period 2021-27.

Meanwhile The Finance Minister met with Finland’s of Trade Cooperation Ville Skinnari and held discussions centred on various issues including cooperation and economic development.