Tanzania to create city around Kilimanjaro

Tanzania plans to construct a city around its Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) to tap into tourism and business opportunities.

The Kilimanjaro Airport Development Company (KADCO) is developing a five-year master plan to transform KIA into a modern tourist and duty free shopping city.

Hassan Kibelloh, chairman of the board of directors of KADCO, said experts from the company are working on the plan, which will be ready in a few weeks, to create a city that can compete with UAE’s Dubai.

Mr Kibelloh said apart from the 41-year-old air terminal, the KIA area, which lies at the meeting point of the Northern Zone regions of Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Manyara, is a wide stretch of unoccupied land.

“The location is to become a ‘city’ at the centre of Moshi and Arusha, where prospective investors will establish massive shopping centres, high class tourist hotels, duty free ports, Export Processing Zones, educational institutions, custom bonded warehouses, curio shops, golf courses and a large game ranch,” he said.

“We are now inviting potential investors to establish major ventures in the locality. And when all these are ready, all roads and international air routes will be leading to KIA,” KADCO’s acting managing director Bakari Mrusuri noted.

Commercial activities in Moshi are slow while Arusha has just closed 60 per cent of its factories.
Source: The EastAfrican,http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke,reported by Adam Ihucha
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