ILALA Municipal Council has invited investors to partner in the lucrative project of modernising its three markets of Kisutu, Ilala and Buguruni to serve efficiently the fast growing Dar es Salaam population as well as boosting revenues and creating more jobs.
The Ilala Municipal Council's Market Director, Mr Athuman Mbelwa, said in an interview in Dar es Salaam that inviting and involving the private sector in undertaking the project was important to offer the best services to the city's population which is approaching 5 million.
"Random survey shows that the three markets have been serving thousands of residents from different corners of the city, but the environment at which services are being provided remained unfavourable," he said.
The three markets are commonly known among others in handling businesses in various food products which are ferried from different parts of the country.
Also, the markets together with others in the city offer an important business environment for most agricultural produce from the producing areas upcountry, thus providing necessary source of revenues for farmers.
For example, the council has partnered with the Tanzania Investment Bank (TIB) for the reconstruction of Kisutu Market with a goal of accommodating more businesses, creating more direct and indirect jobs and revenue generation.
"We are in the tendering process in order to get the project design and business plan for the reconstruction of Kisutu market," he said.
For the Buguruni and Ilala markets, Mr Mbelwa said the plans were in place to get the cost of the investments before embarking in inviting investors into the projects.
At Buguruni, four storey building is expected to be erected with huge underground space for handling various agriculture products.
Similarly, he said the council is inviting private sector to partner in the development of small markets located in the outskirt of the council like Kigogo Freshi and Kinyerezi to ensure that they serve city residents in the areas.