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Geita banks on academicians to boost regional economy

GEITA region is now capitalising on academicians to boost its socioeconomic status.

The region has decided to use academicians from the Open University of Tanzania (OUT) for research and innovations for it to become an international trade and tourist destination centre.

On Tuesday, a delegation from the region met OUT academicians in Dar es Salaam on the matter.

At the meeting, the academicians presented two proposals on how they would change the face of the region in terms of trade and tourism.

On trade, the OUT collaborates with the Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade) to develop and build the state-of-the-art international trade centre in the region.

OUT Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof Deus Ngaruko, said the gold-rich Geita needed sustainable socioeconomic activities since the natural resources would someday in the future get finished.

“We have already prepared two proposals for constructing a trade fair centre and making Geita a tourist attraction hub,” Prof Ngaruko noted.

Giving details on the planned projects, senior lecturer, Dr Proches Ngatuni, explained that Geita Regional Commissioner Robert Gabriel shared with them a regional profile, which indicates abundant gold reserves, arable land and manpower, but the level of poverty was still high.

“Lack of market, knowledge, skills and continued deforestation bother the regional commissioner and want us to intervene by offering a workable approach to change things,” Dr Ngatuni said.

To intervene, the OUT will conduct a feasibility study, an environment impact assessment, resource mapping and resource mobilisation, among others.

He said they would collaborate with Ardhi University on land issues.

Representing the Geita regional commissioner at the meeting, Geita District Commissioner Josephat Maganga noted: “We have a dream of making the region a golden tourist attraction and an international trade centre. We want our dream to come true.”

He said to realise their dream, academicians’ intervention was inevitable.

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Author: BERNARD LUGONGO

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