26 January 2013

Tanzania: Japan Extends Grants for Roads and Agriculture

GOVERNMENTS of Japan and Tanzania has signed the Exchange of Notes concerning three Japanese grant aid projects amounting to Japanese Yen 1.552 billion (approx 27.7 b/-).

Finance Minister, Dr William Mgimwa told journalists that under the expansion of Kilwa Road and Harbour Road intersection at Gerezani area a total of 20 bn/- will be spent, while 6.92bn/- will be used for improvement of TAZARA intersection road.

He said that the government of Japan has allocated about 6.8bn/- for a food security project for underprivileged farmers known as 2KR to be implemented by Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives. In his speech, Dr William Mgimwa thanked the government of Japan and said that it has been a key economic partner to Tanzania's Social Economic Development for many decades.

"I am happy to note that, the Exchange of Notes on these projects will bring significant impact to infrastructure improvement in Dar es Salaam and it will increase the average travelling speed at peak hours in the mornings and evenings, when people commute to work or school, from the current 0.7 km per hour, to 40km per hour," said Mr Masaki Okada, the Ambassador of Japan to Tanzania.

Mr Okada said that the new Exchange of Notes is expected to be signed for the construction of flyovers at the TAZARA crossroads which will alleviate traffic jams in the City. He noted that the construction of double lane flyovers with walkways and service roads will cut the time used for travelling between the city centre and Julius Nyerere International Airport, a distance of 11 kilometres.

Under the food security for underprivileged farmers project, Mr Masaki said that the project supply agriculture inputs identified by the Tanzanian Government for the improvement of agricultural conditions in Tanzania. "Tanzania has been enjoying a relatively high food self-sufficiency ratio in recent years, its food security has not yet been fully attained due to irregular rainfalls and insufficient transportation infrastructure," he explained.

According to Mr Yukihide Katsuta, the chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA, he said the project for improvement of transport capacity in Dar es Salaam will be for widening a 1.3km stretch in Gerezani area roads which connect Kamata junction and Kilwa Road. He said that JICA will enhance coordinating mechanism among transport related organizations namely, Ministries, LGAs, TANROADS, Traffic Police and others.

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