CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) --
An Egyptian leading construction company has won
a tender to design and build a huge dam on Tanzania’s Rufiji
River, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement on Sunday.
Arab Contractors has been assigned to build Stiegler’s Gorge dam
considered by Tanzania as one of the most important national
projects for power generation, said Egyptian presidential
spokesman Bassam Rady in the statement.
Rady said Egyptian
President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was invited in a phone call by
his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli to lay the foundation
stone of the planned hydroelectric dam.
construction will be done in a way that brings pride to Egypt,
Tanzania and Africa,” Sisi told Magufuli, stressing that it will
be a model for cooperation between African states.
The two leaders
hailed the bilateral relations between Egypt and Tanzania, as
well as the prospects of further economic cooperation.
Tanzania and Egypt
share the Nile river along with nine other Nile Basin countries
including Ethiopia, which is currently building a giant dam
named the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, raising concerns from
Egypt, a downstream country, about its annual share of the Nile
AfDB explores agro-processing
investments in Tanzania’s southern highlands
DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
A team of experts from the African Development
Bank (AfDB) has arrived in Tanzania’s southern highlands to
explore potential areas of investments, chiefly in agro-
The team on Sunday
toured Songwe International Airport, an Irish potatoes nursery
working in collaboration with the Southern Agricultural Growth
Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) and a designated industrial park
in Inyala area in Mbeya region.
Mbeya Regional Commissioner, said the experts from the AfDB have
shown interest in supporting investments in the crops value
chain in a bid to improve the standard of living of farmers.
“This tour is the
result of talks held recently between President John Magufuli
and the President of AfDB when they met in the country,” said
He added: “The visit
by AfDB experts gives us hope that the bank will release funds
that will help in building industries for food crops
He said the regional
authority in collaboration with SAGCOT has earmarked areas for
industrial parks and identified priority crops in Mbeya region,
one of the country’s six bread basket regions. Others are Rukwa,
Ruvuma, Iringa, Njombe and Morogoro regions.
“Crops of priority
are maize, paddy, sunflower, potatoes, cocoa, avocado, coffee
and palm,” said Chalamila.
Five people killed
in Tanzania road accident
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Five people, including four officials of
Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture, died on Sunday in the
country’s central district of Manyoni, police confirmed.
Singida Regional Police Commander, said in a telephone interview
that the accident occurred around 11 a. m. local time when an
SUV vehicle the officials traveling with veered off the road.
The fifth person who
died was the driver, who was behind the wheels of the ill-fated
vehicle, the regional police chief said.
“We are still
investigating the cause of the accident, but I can confirm that
the vehicle belongs to the Ministry of Agriculture and its five
occupants have been confirmed dead,” Njewite said.
The Sunday crash was
one of a series of road accidents involving Tanzanian government
vehicles and officials in this year.
In May, three
officials of the Tanzania Investment Center were killed in a
road accident in Coast Region on their way to the country’s
Capital Dodoma for a national conference.
In August, the
country’s Natural Resources and Tourism Minister Hamisi
Kigwangalla was involved in a road accident at Magugu Village in
Manyara Region during a nationwide working tour.
One killed, four
injured in Tanzania road accident
ARUSHA, Tanzania (Xinhua) --
A French tourist died and his four colleagues
from Belgium were injured after their vehicle overturned near
western Tanzania’s Katavi National Park, police said on
acting Katavi Regional Police Commander, said in an interview
that the accident occurred around 5 p. m. on Wednesday in an
area called Jiwe la Simba on the Sumbawanga-Mpanda road in Mlele
District, Katavi Region.
He said that the
vehicle overturned as it was heading to the Katavi National Park
at Stalike village, according to police officer Mapujilo.
Mapujilo said the
French national Alexander Paul was driving the vehicle, a Land
Rover pickup with a Burundian registration number.
tourists have been admitted to Katavi regional referral hospital
where they are receiving treatment,” he said.
Mapujilo added that
the body of the French national was being preserved in the
regional hospital pending procedures of transporting it to his
The police officer
said that the cause of the fatal accident was not yet
established and investigation was ongoing.