Tanzanian president John Magufuli has called for quick implementation of the Central Railway project a Tanzania-China joint projects in the country.
Speaking while meeting with the Chinese Vice-Minister for Commerce, Mr Qian Keming Magufuli said that the current project being implemented by China have not yet been completed and there was need for the contractors to fasten on the same.
Specifically reoffering to the Central Railway construction project Magufuli said that he would like to see the project start to be implemented before the end of this year.
While holding talks with the Chinese delegation at the State House in Dar es Salaam, President Magufuli was keen on speedy execution of the projects, noting that his government entertains ‘acting than preaching’, according to a statement issued yesterday by the Presidential Directorate of Communications.
“My government has been putting development matters ahead of everything and I believe we will achieve that in my term in office, currently we have already set aside funds for the same and we would like to see our partners more especially china to speed on the same” he added.
Magufuli added that the central railway project will be able to connect Dae es salaam to Mwanza, Kigoma and neighbouring countries Rwanda and Burundi.
Once completed the project is expected to raise the economic status of the country and its neighbors as most of the trade will be fully depending of the railway line.
The government had earmarked one trillion shillings from this year’s budget for construction of the railway. “Honourable Qian, we have decided to start the construction and 32 contractors have already applied for a tender to construct a 200 kilometre length of the railway from Dar es Salaam to Morogoro and we will use our own funds,” he said.
This is one of the latest project being carried by the Tanzanian government and is expected too uplift the status of the country’s trading system.