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The government has secured a loan worth TZS 589 billion from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for financing the upgrading of a 260km road in Kigoma, TPJ has leant.

The loan will be used to upgrade the Kabingo – Kasulu- Manyovu road as well as the 45km Rumonge - Gitaza Road in Burundi which are priority projects within the East African roads network.

Speaking after signing the loan agreement, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Mr Dotto James, said the implementation of the project was in line with Government’s strategy of improving infrastructure as a means of accelerating socio-economic development and regional integration.

Mr. James said the project, whose construction will take four years, is expected to improve access to socioeconomic and health facilities located in Kigoma Region and the neighbouring province of Rumonge in Burundi.

The permanent secretary also noted that the project would help link the areas with the port of Dar es Salaam and open up markets in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mr. James expressed satisfaction that soon all the regions will be interconnected through a reliable road network. “After completion of this project all the country’s regions will be connected through regional roads,” he said.

For his part, AfDB's Country Manager, Prof. Alex Mubiru, said the bank was appreciative of the government’s cooperation in making possible the loan agreement which has raised the transport sector portfolio of the AfDB Group in Tanzania to approximately USD 880 million, or 46.8 per cent of the Tanzanian portfolio of USD 1.9 billion.

He expressed a hope that same spirit would be evident during the implementation of the project so as to achieve the intended objectives within the agreed time frame.

 

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