Abu Dhabi funds Tanzania highway build with $14.9m loan

The Abu Dhabi Fund to pump cash into Tanzanian project to rebuild 51km of roads

ADFD's Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi (right).
ADFD's Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi (right).

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) has given a $14.9m (AED55m) loan to the government of Tanzania to upgrade 51km of the Uvinza-Ilunde-Malagarasi road.

ADFD’s loan is a top up of the $46m (AED169m) pumped into the extension of the Kidaho to Ovinza road project in Tanzania nearly a decade ago in 2009.

Improving the road that connects Uvinza, Ilunde, and Malagaras is expected to boost transport links between Tanzania’s former capital city, Dar es Salaam, with the lake town of Kigoma, northwest Tanzania. This could benefit the economy by cutting down the time it takes to travel from rural parts of country to Kigoma, which is near the boarder with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, one of Tanzania's main African trading partners.

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To upgrade the highway, 51km of the road will be rebuilt with a single-lane carriageway of 1.5m wides added, as well as 1.5m-wide hard shoulders.

As well injecting hard cash into the project, ADFD will provide consultancy services for construction of small crossing bridges, drainage systems, and service ducts for the road.

Director-general of ADFD, Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, said the delivery of capital and construction consultancy services demonstrated the agency’s effort to support infrastructure projects in the developing world.

“The Uvinza-Ilunde-Malagarasi Road upgrade is an important venture that aligns with Tanzania’s efforts to become a semi-industrial country and improve the living standards of its citizens,” said Al Suwaid.

“We are confident that the project will translate into a positive socio-economic impact, and enable the Tanzanian government and people to fulfil their development aspirations."

Mussa Ibrahim Iyombe, a Tanzanian diplomat who signed the loan agreement with ADFD, said the government of Tanzania wanted to “enhance collaboration” in infrastructure projects with the UAE to drive sustainable development across the country, which has a population of over 55 million people.

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