The government of Tanzania is set to receive US $180m loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the construction of the Dodoma City Outer Ring Roads. Speaking during the loan signing ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Mr. Doto James, the Permanent secretary of the ministry of Finance and Planning said that the funds will go towards construction of a total of 110.2km of roads to ‘bitumen standard,’ as well as the development of social infrastructure.
“AfDB will make available to the government US $138m through the AfDB window, and another US $42m through the African Growing Together Fund which is a China Government Fund administered by the African bank,” said Mr. Doto James.
Dodoma City Outer Ring Roads project
The government on the other hand will contribute US $35m billion from its own funds, equivalent to 16% of the total amount for the project as part of the agreement in conformity with AfDB requirements. The ring roads would provide links with the 10,228km ‘Cape-to-Cairo Road, also known as the ‘Great North Road,’ and the ‘Pan-African Highway.’ This goes through eight countries across the African continent, namely: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Egypt.
The proposed ring roads will also connect with the Central Transport Corridor that connects Tanzania the neighbouring countries of D-R Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. According to Mr. Doto the Dodoma network will also connect with all the roads to and from Arusha, Singida, Dar es Salaam and Iringa.
Project works The project includes the construction of a 110.02km-long dual carriageway ring road to bitumen standard connecting Nala with Veyula, Ihumwa and Matumbulu. It will also bring development in the form of social infrastructure such as community water supplies and strengthening health care centers in the place, as well as the rehabilitation of feeder roads and pilot road safety measures around the project road in Dodoma city.
Total cost of the project is US $216m “When the project construction is completed, efficient road transport will vastly improve access in and out of Dodoma City, as well as facilitate national and international trade flows. I wish to express our appreciation for the bank’s support in stepping up infrastructure development in order to realize our desire to become a trade and logistical hub for Eastern and Southern Africa,” said the Permanent secretary.