11 August 2014

Tanzania: Only Three Roadblocks to Dot Road to Rwanda, Burundi

Dodoma — THE government, through the Roadmap for Improvement of Business Environment and Investment Climate project, plans to reduce the number of roadblocks from 55 in 2008 to only three between Dar es Salaam and the neighbouring countries of Rwanda and Burundi.

Under the project to be undertaken jointly with the East Africa Community Trade Marks, the three weighbridges will be constructed at Vigwaza, Manyoni and Nyakanazi.

Speaking here over the weekend, Principal Economist in the Prime Minister's Office, Mr Vedastus Manumbu, said construction of the weighbridges aimed at reducing the number of roadblocks. He said in 2008 there were 55 roadblocks whereas the number had now gone down to 15.

"The government intends to reduce the number of roadblocks to three. We are now constructing weighbridges, starting at Vigwaza, then at Manyoni and Nyakanazi," he said. He was optimistic that upon completion they would reduce the time passengers and long-haul lorries spent at roadblocks.

Manumbu also said that plans were underway to set up an electronic cargo tracking system which would work in collaboration with the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and the Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) "Once the system is operational, we will be assured that all goods marked as transit cargo will not be opened until their final destination and in so doing no unverified goods will sneak into our local market, thus the government will be assured of earning revenue," he said.

The Roadmap for Improvement of Business Environment and Investment Climate project aims at reducing the time and cost of running business and investment in the country by setting up projects that will help meet the needed goals.

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