Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

12 June 2014

Tanzania: Singapore Firm to Modernise Mwanza, Arusha

Arusha — SURBANA International Consultants (PTE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government, through which the Singapore firm will re-design, modernise and sculptor the city as well as skylines of Mwanza and Arusha urban.

Chinese firms will also be jetting into the country to help re-design and plan Dar es Salaam city as well as Mtwara and Lindi townships, to make these urban areas better, according to officials from the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements.

The agreement between the state and the Singapore company was signed in Arusha on Monday afternoon between the ministry's Permanent Secretary, Mr Alphayo Kidata and the firm's representative, Mr Kong Wy Mun as District Commissioner, Mr John Mongela and Deputy Mayor, Mr Prosper Msoffe, looked on.

"We need to redesign, plan and modernse our growing cities in order to solve problems of inadequate housing, like in the case of Arusha, as well as providing ample space for productive industries as well as business activities," explained Mr Kidata, shortly after the MoU was signed.

Residents of Arusha and Mwanza cities with populations of 500,000 and 4 million respectively have always been at loggerheads with local authorities, when it comes to unplanned settlements, invasion of public areas and roads by hawkers and peddlers as well as traffic jams.

"That is why the government decided to seek assistance from Singapore so that the firm, which has a good track record of improving their country's urban settlements and modernising infrastructure could apply the same in Arusha and Mwanza," added Mr Kidata.

On his part, Singapore Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Zulkifli Bin Masagos Mohamad, said his government was happy to assist Tanzania to clear all unplanned settlements in its cities and create better modern urban precinct to help boost economy, sanitation and solve housing problems.

The work on Arusha and Mwanza cities areis expected to start within 12 months from now, or essentially in July 2015 with the Arusha District Commissioner (DC), Mr Mongella, using the occasion to warn local leaders not to be hindrance once the project starts next year.

Surbana International Consultants is a leading consultancy that specialises in sustainable urban solutions ranging from urban planning, design, engineering, project and construction management, coastal engineering, infrastructure, sustainable design technologies and city management.

According to company officials, Surbana has over the last 50 years managed to sculpt the unique skyline of Singapore, creating a million homes for over 85 per cent of the population in an integrated living environment.

The firm which specialises in Architecture, Master Planning, territorial Engineering, Coastal Engineering and Infrastructure, Project Management, City Management, Sustainable Design and Land Survey, boasts of expertise across the whole real estate value chain, encompassing architecture, engineering, project and construction management.

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