The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, Elius Mwakalinga said in Dar es Salaam that the government was aware of the challenges facing local contractors and it was all out to address the challenges to increase efficiency in the construction industry.
He was speaking during the special workshop organised by the Tanzania Civil Engineering Contractors Association (TACECA) aimed at deliberating civil works opportunities in the next five years.
He acknowledged that intervention is required to empower and build capacities of the local construction industry firms to be able to win tenders for big construction projects such as highways and complex buildings which would in turn boost the country’s economy.
The PS noted that local contractors constitute more than 70 per cent of all contractors in the country but projects being executed by the professionals worth 33 per cent compared to 67 per cent value of the projects that are carried out by foreign contractors.
“In addition to measures being undertaken by the government, local contractors should find out why their projects value is lower than the ones being executed by their counterparts while tendering process is being done transparently,” Mwakalinga said.
According to him, through the strategic plan the contractors will be capacitated through trainings to acquire skills that would enable them manage the projects, capital and equipment.
“We are planning to build capacity to our local contractors because they have different capabilities we might blame while, some of them are good financially, while others are good when it comes to machines, and others have good expertise,” he said.
He however said that the government has been embarking on taking different measures to assist the industry realize its potential, including developing policies that will provide a good environment for growth of the industry.
Mwakalinga explained that the industry has the potential of creating jobs, provide income generating opportunities and livelihood for the poor, and hence reduce poverty.
He added that the government will empower local contractors through various projects which will enable them to acquire skills, capital and equipment so that they can compete with foreign contractors. Read More...https://epaper.ippmedia.com