Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Bilal to Grace Lake Tanganyika Forum

Sumbawanga — VICE President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal is expected to grace the Lake Tanganyika Investors' Forum in Mpanda District, Katavi Region meant to evaluate success and challenges recorded after the previous forum held over a year ago.

The one-day meeting scheduled for November 24, will also mark the climax of week-long celebrations to officially launch the newly established Katavi Region, pencilled for November 19 to 25 this year. The Katavi Regional Commissioner, Dr Rajab Rutengwe, revealed this during a telephone interview with the 'Daily News'.

Dr Bilal, who is scheduled to arrive in Mpanda town on November 23 will also inaugurate several development projects in the area. "Among invited dignitaries is the Prime Minister, Mr Mizengo Pinda, who is expected to fly from the neighbouring Kigoma Region on November 23," added the RC.

The meeting, organised by the Katavi Regional Government in collaboration with counterparts in Kigoma and Rukwa is aimed at evaluating the success, challenges and progress made since the last Lake Tanganyika Zone Investors' Forum held on October, 17 last year.

The event was officiated by President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and sought to enhance investment in Lake Tanganyika regions of Rukwa, Kigoma and Katavi. The three regions are richly endowed with vast natural resources, have great investment opportunities in tourism, agriculture, mining, fisheries, among others.

Dr Rutengwe expounded with much delight that everything is in order for the meeting, expected to change the economy of the people of the three regions and the nation as a whole.

He said 10 envoys from various countries have confirmed participation. Other participants include mobile phone companies officials, representatives of banks, and other development stakeholders from all three regions of Rukwa, Katavi and Kigoma. The newly established Katavi Region is lagging behind in tourism and investment despite vast attractions due to myriad of problems including poor and unreliable road, rail, port, and airport infrastructure as well as water and power blues.

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