THE governments of Tanzania and the Federal Republic of Germany have signed three grant agreements amounting to euro 55.5 million (equivalent to 121.89bn/-) to support water, energy and conservation of Serengeti National Park.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance, Dr Servacius Likwelile, signed on behalf of the government and the Country Director of KFW Development Bank, Mr Wolfgang Solzbacher, signed on behalf of the government of Germany and was witnessed by the Chargé d'Affaires at the German Embassy in Tanzania, Mr Hans Koeppel.
Others who were present during the signing of the agreement included the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water, Eng. Bashiri Mrindoko and Tanzania National Parks Director General, Mr Allan Kijazi.
Dr Likwelile explained that under the agreement the government of Germany would contribute euros 20.5 million, equivalent to 45.059bn/-, to support Serengeti Ecosystem Development and Conservation project.
The project will be implemented by TANAPA in cooperation with the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Under this support there will be investment in land and natural resources use planning, social infrastructure development and rehabilitation of feeder roads in Loliondo and Serengeti districts.
Other activities under the support include improvement of the park infrastructure, equipment and construction of ranger posts and a pipeline for clean water and rehabilitation of Seronera visitors' centre.
"The successful implementation of these activities will help to sustain the management of natural resources at Serengeti National Park, including anti-poaching and socio-economic development in the selected districts bordering the park which are Loliondo and Serengeti," Dr Likwelile noted.
In the second agreement, Germany will contribute euro 20 million, equivalent to 43.96bn/-, that will support electrification of north-west Tanzania, a programme that is also designed to support the construction of the Geita- Nyakanazi transmission line.
Successful implementation of the project will enable the country to achieve connection of 32,000 rural people to electricity in the north-west of the country and connecting the national grid to Rusumo Falls Hydropower plant that will facilitate the export and import of power with the neighbouring countries of Rwanda and Burundi, which will enhance regional integration and power supply stability.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance added that in the third agreement the government will receive euro 15 million, equivalent to 32.97bn/-, to support the Water Sector Development Programme Phase III.