PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has started an official tour of the United States and Canada where he is expected to stay for two days in each country.
Mr Kikwete and his delegation left the country on Sunday night and while in the United States he is scheduled to hold talks with the United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki Moon on Tuesday morning.
The president and UN secretary general will join the New York Mayor and philanthropist, Mr Michael Bloomberg at the launching of results of the Innovative Maternal Health Programme in Tanzania. Mayor Bloomberg is also expected to announce the outcome of three-year health assistance under the programme that was being implemented by his organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Meanwhile, President Kikwete on Saturday met a delegation of the Mwambani Port and Railway Corridor Ltd (MWAPORC) along with their Project Engineers, Mott Macdonald of the United Kingdom. The president assured the MWAPORC Company of complete support of the Government of Tanzania in their investment plans, and has directed the Ministry of Transport to guide and support the investors to implement this project as quickly as possible.
MWAPORC Ltd plans to construct a 6,000km trans-African railway (from Tanzania, through Uganda to Banana Port in DRC on the Atlantic Ocean) that shall create an efficient logistics land-based corridor linking the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
The Railway project shall entail the development of a new Deep Sea Port and Free Port at Mwambani, Tanzania, on the Indian Ocean, to serve as the Hub Port for major shipments and trans-shipments from and to East and Central Africa.
MWAPORC Director Mr Beenunula Eyenunula Nunumisa told the president that their company shall offer African investors an opportunity to buy shares and bonds in the project so they can become co-owners of this strategic and historical cross-border infrastructure business.