28 June 2017

Tanzania: President Magufuli Meets Power Experts From Ethiopia

Photo: The Nation Media Group
Tanzanian President John Magufuli (file photo).

Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli Wednesday met a delegation of electricity and dam construction experts from Ethiopia.

The delegatation was sent by Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn on request from Tanzania, according to a statement from the State House released today.

The team was led by Ethiopia's water, irrigation and electricity minister, Dr Seleshi Bekele.

According to President Magufuli, the team was in the country to share experience in dam construction. Tanzania is eying a mega electricity dam in Stiegler's Gorge to produce over 2000MW of power. Ethiopia has recently constructed one of the largest dams in the region.

President said the government was committed in walking the talk on implementation a long held vision to establish the dam on Rufiji river falls. "We want to produce more out of Rufiji river falls... currently the country produces only 1,450MW," said Dr Magufuli.

He said the planned hydropower power project will act as a catalyst to the government's industrialisation drive.

Dr Bekele said Ethiopia which currently produces 4,300MW of power out of water falls plans to increase its production capacity to 17,000 by 2020.

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