Tanzania is ready for regional integration and is completing road and rail networks with the aim of connecting neighboring countries and thus contributing to continental integration efforts, said President Samia Suluhu Hassan.
However, the country will need more external funding to finance the construction of the next phases of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as well as the planned highways to Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi, she said in Ghana on Wednesday after receiving an award for her country’s recent infrastructure projects.
“I am convinced that by connecting the RECs (Regional Economic Community Blocks) our whole continent will eventually be connected she said.
“We believe that connectivity within the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) will play an important role.
“W If we are to make progress, Africa must produce, process and trade within its borders. Connectivity must start within our national borders and then extend within our regional economic blocs and eventually across the continent.”
The AfCTA is the continental treaty designed to improve intra-African trade by removing barriers. It will require better trade to facilitate the movement of goods.
The Tanzanian leader received this year’s super prize, the Great Builder-Babacar Ndiaye Trophy, an award presented by the Infrastructure Information platform Acturoutes is organized. with Media for Infrastructure and Finance in Africa (MIFA), a network of African journalists specializing in road infrastructure and sponsored by the African Development Bank.
Named after a former president of the African Development Bank between 1985 and 1995 previous winners include Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Senegal’s Macky Sall, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari previous Tanzanian governments.
In her acceptance speech, Samia honored her predecessor, John Pombe Magufuli, who died in March last year, as the most deserving compatriot to receive the award.
The selection committee The award winner said , Samia has shown “a clear vision” and prioritized infrastructure development.
“As a result, s he is investing significant resources into new roads, railways, ports and airports to further improve people’s living conditions.
“The President is also leading regional integration projects through regional connectivity projects such as railways, which will maximize regional trade,” said Mike Salawou, director of infrastructure and urban development, AfDB, in a note.
“We gave you the award to encourage you to continue building roads across Tanzania and also links to other African countries he said.
Tanzania is building a 2,724-kilometer SGR, part of a long-term vision to link the port city of Dar es Salaam to the western parts of the country and on to Uganda, of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi future.
President Samia said Tanzania will need more funds for the second phase, even if it is boring to finance the first split uldet.
“We continue to count on the support of the AfDB to implement important road projects. I strongly support the call for the AfDB to increase revenue mobilization, including in [the] equity and equity markets, to respond to the challenges we face,” she told an audience after receiving the award /p>
“We are aware of the immense need for socio-economic development in Africa. We urgently need to address economic challenges in Africa to create more jobs for women and youth.”
AfDB has funded more than 36,000 km of highways in Tanzania, out of the country’s 180,792 km of paved and unpaved roads , according to the Tanzanian government. Over the past 15 years, the bank has spent approximately US$2.1 billion on infrastructure in Tanzania.
The government aims to complete the renovation of the Arusha-Namanga road; Completion of the Tanga-Bagamoyo Motorway, connecting Kenya’s coastal artery; as well as several projects with links to Uganda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia. These are critical to Tanzania’s vision to expand trade with neighbors.
Tanzania is also in talks with the AfDB to fund the construction of the next phases of the SGR beyond Tabora and into neighboring countries.
p>< p> “Our overarching goal is not just to achieve connectivity within our country or region, but to extend it to neighboring countries, particularly the Southern African Development Cooperation (SADC) and East African Community (EAC) member countries. “, she said.