‘Come en masse to invest in central zone regions’

LOCAL and foreign investors have been encouraged to invest in various potential areas in the central zone regions including Shinyanga, Singida and Tabora.

Tourism, livestock keeping, mining, commercial farming, industries, and health sector are some of the areas of investments identified by the authorities of the regions.

The regions are also well linked with improved transport infrastructure that connects them to the the Great Lakes countries.

Speaking in a virtual symposium on Saturday which aimed at discussing the development and economic opportunities available in Shinyanga, Singida and Tabora regions, Tabora Regional Commissioner Dr Batilda Buriani, said the regions have friendly environment for investors.

She said they are connected with infrastructure that eases the transportation of various materials in and outside the country.

“Apart from Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project, there is a road that connects the region with other many regions…you can reach the regions by any means of transport. It would be remembered that President Samia Suluhu Hassan   has allocated 26bn/-, to improve Tabora airport terminal,” Dr Batilda said.

Noting the opportunities available in commercial agriculture, RC Batilda urged investors to invest in the tobacco in the region, while assuring them that the region produces approximately 60 per cent of the tobacco produced in the country.

Dr Batilda underlined the issues of security in the region, saying that Tabora was safe and well secured for investment.

“We are making various efforts to ensure that young people fully engage in income-generating activities in order to stay away from crime,” Tabora RC said.

Representing Singida Region Commissioner, the Assistant Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr Stanslaus Choaji said that the economy of the region depends on agriculture by 80 per cent, encouraging investors to grab the opportunities available in agriculture.

“We have the enabling infrastructure like electricity and road to facilitate investment activities in various areas, particularly in the industrial sector,” he pointed out.

He further added that the region is fully prepared to increase sunflower production, to cope with the shortage of the cooking oil in the country in tandem with reducing the dependence on imported cooking oil.

Explaining the development of Shinyanga region particularly in energy sector, the assistant Regional Administrative Secretary, Mr Chilla Moses said the region has enough electricity for various investment activities including industries.

“We have enough electricity … we get about 184   kilowatts and out of that we utilise only 82 kilowatts, so we have 102 kilowatts as surplus that are available for investors,” he said.

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