Mtwara cement factory now on horizon

Eng. Mbilinyi.
More than two million metric tonnes of cement are expected to be produced in the country each year after completion of the construction of a large factory in Mtwara region.

The massive investment, which is expected to create about 400 jobs, is implemented by a renowned Nigerian tycoon, Mr Aliko Dangote, through his company Dangote Group.

"Statistics show that we had a cement deficit of one million tonnes by 2011, so this investment will help solve this problem," the Acting Executive Director of Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), Mr Raymond Mbilinyi, says.

The TIC boss made the explanation here over the weekend during a visit at a site where the factory would be built.

"This investment will help boost the economy of the southern regions and the whole country at large," he said when addressing journalists here.

Explaining on the importance of the investment expected to be completed after 18 months, Mr Mbilinyi said that apart from creating jobs, the factory would stimulate other investments in the southern parts of the country.

He noted that it is the friendly investment climate created by the government and the private sector that has attracted Mr Dangote to come in Tanzania. The investor has interests in various parts of Africa.

"The government will continue improving the investment climate in order to win the hearts of more potential investors and existing ones," he noted.   

On his part, the Mtwara Regional Commissioner, Mr Joseph Simbakalia, said that cement is a requisite in modern construction. Therefore, the coming of the factory is a blessing for people in Southern parts of the country.

"This investment adds up to what Mtwara will contribute to the nation's coffers," he said, referring to the gas deposits available in the region.

Mr Simbakalia said that it was no secret that the region has a lot of investment potentials that were yet to be utilized.

He, hence, called on local and foreign investors to take advantages of available opportunities. He also appreciated the efforts by the government through TIC in promoting and marketing the existing investments in the country.

The Dangote soil expert, Mr John Olalokun, said that they have already done a thorough investigation and concluded that the region has enough raw materials needed for setting up a cement factory.

"We will do our best for this region and the whole country at large," the expert noted.
Source: The Daily News, http://dailynews.co.tz
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