How KiSEZ contributes to Kigoma industrial growth

KIGOMA: KIGOMA Special Economic Zone (KiSEZ), a state owned enterprise, is gradually becoming a key contributor to the region’s job creation and economic development.

KiSEZ’s significant contribution started to be realised thanks to efforts made to attract strategic industrial investors.

KiSEZ Managing Director, Mr Sangu Deogratius, said here at the weekend that the government continues to invest in key infrastructure in the 600,000 hectares of the special zone area so as to attract more investors.

“With the increased number of local and foreign investors into the KISEZ, its contribution to the region’s development and the national industrialisation agenda is also growing gradually,” he said.

The KiSEZ was established over a decade ago to attract local and foreign investors into the industrial sector as well as boost trade with neighbouring regions as well as the great Lakes countries. With industrial investment, the region will benefit from jobs creation, technology and skills development, various fees and tax revenues to the government.

Operations Manager, Ziman Mbena from Thirdman Company Ltd, one of the factories licensed by EPZA engaging in honey processing, said the factory has increased the volume of processed honey from 40 tonnes annually in 2018 when it started to 1,000 tonnes at end of last year.

And, this year the firm is planning to increase output to 1,800 tonnes of processes honey.

“Thirdman, a largest honey processor in the country, produces high quality organic,” he said.

The firm works with traditional beekeepers in remote forest and game reserves in Western Tanzania. The factory currently offers 60 direct jobs, including recruiting over 1,400 beekeepers in Kigoma, Tabora and Singida regions.

Additionally, the firm maintains the quality of honey by keeping records of all beekeepers while conducting training to equip them with skills required to produce high quality honey.

Mr Mbena said the factory processes two types of honey, organic from natural forests, and conversional harvesting from manmade activities like farming.

The main markets of the honey products from Thirdman are in South Africa, Sweden, Norway, US and Australia. Another KiSEZ’s- licensed mega projects-NexGen Solawazi Limited- generates 5.0 megawatts of electricity using solar panels.

NexGen Solawazi Assistant Supervisor, Mr Augustine Mabuga, said the electricity generated is sold to Tanesco.

“The entire Kigoma Region is not connected to national grid, and power generated from solar help Tanesco to cut down almost 6.0bn/- annually in generating power using diesel,” he said.

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