Local contractors form association to enhance efficiency

TANZANIA: LOCAL contractors have launched their association known as Tanzania United Contractors and Allied Services Association (TUCASA) to enhance efficiency in their work in the country.

TUCASA is a merger of the Association of Citizens Contractors Tanzania (ACCT), Non-Association Constructors (NACO’s), Tanzania Women Constructors Association (TWCA) and Tanzania Civil Engineering Contractors Association (TACECA).

Speaking at an event to launch the association, Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Works Ministry, Mr Ludovick Nduhiye, assured the contractors of the government’s support in implementation of projects.

“The government has a will to help local contractors so that they can reach out to become great contractors in the country and that is due to the political will that the government has,” said Mr Nduhiye.

He said the government aims to assist local contractors so they can get more projects in the construction sector in the country and the ministry will cooperate with those who will bring suggestions for improvements.

The interim chairperson of TUCASA, Quantity Surveyor Samuel Marwa said the government should help the local contractors because many projects are implemented by foreign contractors.

“Contractors Registration Board (CRB) and Business Registrations and Licensing Agency (BRELA) have to have shared meaning of local contractors so as to identified and reduce those who don’t qualify to be called Tanzanian contractors,” said Marwa.

He added that a lot of money are taken by foreign contractors, and it is time for the local contractors to benefit from the national cake.

Mr Marwa added: “there are many complaints from the contractors on delays of payments. I ask the government to help us on the matter so that we can work on time with assurance of being paid on time.”

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