DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The World Bank has approved 455 million U.S. dollars of loan for
a project aimed at providing households in previously
grid-absent rural regions in southern Tanzania with reliable
access to electricity, a statement issued by the bank said on
The project will
also connect the East African country to regional power trading
markets, said the statement issued in the commercial capital Dar
It added that the
loan will finance construction of critical high voltage
transmission infrastructure that will support the
electrification of the southern and northwestern regions of
The project will
also establish cross-border transmission capacity connecting
Tanzania with the Southern African Power Pool and the Eastern
Africa Power Pool, said the statement.
“This project builds
on the great potential of the country’s southern regions to
contribute to the generation of jobs and drive overall economic
growth, with the right infrastructure in place,” said Bella
Bird, the World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi,
Burundi and Somalia.
World Bank senior energy specialist who is also the task team
leader of the project, said the construction of high voltage
transmission infrastructure was vital for Tanzania’s
interconnection with the regional power markets of the southern
and eastern Africa.
Tanzania-Zambia railway appeals for more funding
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) on
Thursday appealed to member states to inject more funds to
improve the railway line’s operations and performance.
TAZARA deputy managing director, said in a statement that
additional investments will go a long way in ensuring the
performance of the railway is improved.
Kiswaga said the
bi-national railway needs to procure 20 reliable locomotives to
increase carriage capacity.
Chinese-funded and -built railway has only seven reliable
locomotives used for passengers and wagons with each one
carrying 30,000 tonnes annually.
scored for three years (2014/2015 up to May 2018), the official
noted that TAZARA freight volumes had increased from 88,000
tonnes to 208,000 tonnes.
Others scores were
the improvement of transit time from 20-30 days to 5-7 days
consistently and almost zero theft in the last three years.
Kiswaga said despite
the achievements, it was unable to pay salaries as it is not
making profits. TAZARA needs to transport 600,000 tonnes
annually to be profitable.