PM urges swift progress on Government City construction project

DAR ES SALAAM: PRIME Minister Kassim Majaliwa has called for speedy and diligent progress on the construction of the Government City in Dodoma.

He made the call during a meeting with Mr HyeongRyeol Kim, Administrator of the National Agency for Administrative City Construction (NAACC) from South Korea.

The discussion took place in Dar es Salaam following the signing of crucial agreements between South Korean institutions and Tanzania.

The agreements focus on the exchange of experience in managing and coordinating the development of the Government City and its headquarters, addressing construction issues such as industries and hotels.

The signing ceremony involved the Office of the Prime Minister, the Segong City Development Institute, and South Korea’s Heerim Company, focusing on design and creative construction of the Government City and the headquarters in Dodoma.

Prime Minister Majaliwa stressed the importance of meeting the expectations of the construction as intended.

“The Government of Tanzania and South Korea have good diplomatic relations, so we expect to see the headquarters and the Government City in Dodoma in good and attractive view,” he stated.

Mr HyeongRyeol Kim expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to develop cooperation between the two countries, assuring the Prime Minister of South Korea’s commitment to continuing collaboration with Tanzania in developing Dodoma.

Dodoma’s Government City, located at Ihumwa Ward, 17 km from the city centre, spans an impressive 617.15 hectares (1,542.88 acres).

The vision to establish Dodoma as the government seat was conceived by Mwalimu Julius Nyerere in 1973, and it is now becoming a reality nearly half a century later.

Late President John Magufuli officially launched the Government City in April 2019 at Mtumba, an administrative ward along the main highway to Dar es Salaam.

Traditionally reliant on agricultural activities and animal keeping, Mtumba has transformed into a hub for government ministries, ambassadorial offices, residences, social services, business areas, parliament, judiciary, car parking and sewerage facilities.

The estimated cost of completing the Government City is 10.7tril/-. Dodoma City authorities reported that as of November last year, some buildings had achieved 90 per cent completion, while others ranged between 73-78 per cent completion.

The ongoing progress underscores the commitment to realising Dodoma’s transformation into a fully functional and efficient government centre, better serving the needs of the entire country.

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