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Tanzania and Ugandan leaders to com-
mission construction of oil pipeline   

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian President Joseph Magufuli is scheduled to travel to Uganda where he will together with his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni lay a foundation stone for the construction of an oil pipeline.

Magufuli, according to a ministry of foreign affairs statement issued here on Sunday, will travel to Uganda’s oil wells in Hoima on Nov. 11 to lay the stone for the construction of the pipeline that will be linked to the Tanzania seaport of Tanga.

The two leaders in August this year laid a foundation stone on the Tanzanian side.

The pipeline dubbed the East African Crude Oil Pipeline will be the longest heated pipeline in the world, scaling a distance of 1,445 km.

According to Uganda government figures, the construction will cost over 3.5 billion U.S. dollars and is expected to be completed in 2020.

The pipeline works will be undertaken by France’s Total, China National Offshore Oil Corporation and Britain’s Tullow Oil. These three oil companies are already involved in oil exploration in Uganda.

The pipe line will on completion carry 216,000 barrels of crude oil for export per day.

Uganda has so far discovered over 1.5 billion barrels of commercially viable oil. Some of the oil will be refined in the oil fields while the crude will be transported to the coast, according to Uganda government plans.

Also while in Uganda, the Tanzanian leader will together with Museveni commission a One Stop Border Post at Mutukula, lay a cross-border mark-stone at Luzinga Village for the East African Crude Oil Pipeline.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Tanzanian government outlines President Magufuli’s achievements in two years

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania on Sunday outlined a catalogue of achievements scored by President John Magufuli during the first two years of his administration.

Magufuli came to power on Nov. 5, 2015.

On top of the achievements was the restoration of discipline among public servants that has resulted in increased productivity in service delivery, said Hassan Abbas, director general of the Information Services Department.

“There has also been impressive achievement in the control of government expenditure and ensuring value for money in all state-funded projects,” Abbas said in an address broadcast on national television, Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation.

He said the government also uncovered over 30,000 phantom workers and those with fake academic credentials, adding that all these were removed from government payroll, saving the country 190 million U.S. dollars.

The chief government spokesman said the Magufuli administration, in its anti-corruption drive, established a special anti-graft court and sacked scores of dishonest public officials.

He said the government also succeeded in the control and protection of natural resources, including minerals, citing the creation of three mineral laws and recent reforms in the extractive industry.

“Another achievement worth mentioning was the cost-cutting measures that saw reduced foreign trips for government officials and cutting down the budget for unnecessary meetings,” said Abbas.

“We have also managed to move the government’s seat from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma as it has been a dream for a long time. At the beginning no one expected it will be possible but the dream has become true,” he said.

Abbas mentioned other successes as the reduction of dependence on foreign aid, provision of free education, implementation of water projects across the country, increased budget for higher education loans and the implementation of the standard gauge railway using internal financing.

             

 

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