Diplomatist Special Report - Tanzania Tanzania 2018 - Page 30

The connectivity of Bagamoyo is of great importance. Therefore, there wouldn’t have been a better place to build this strategic new port other than Bagamoyo. The modern port which will be operational in 3-4 years, adopts the most applauded model which is behind the ascendancy of China’s maritime business - the Port-Zone-City which brings together a strategic mix of the key drivers of industrialisation in one package. That means the new port will be supported by a zone of industries and logistics infrastructure. About 190 industries will be constructed within the Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone during the fi rst phase of 3-4 years; the number will increase to 760 industries when the project is completed. The City, notably the new face of Bagamoyo will also be built within the Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone to cater for new business, trade and logistics demands that will come with this project. Coincidentally, Tanzania looks to develop a High Technology Park within the Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone. The Park, allocated 175 hectares of land, is planned to have ICT incubators, pharmaceutical industries, research and development institutions; also, technology and innovation is of high demand in Tanzania and the East and Central African regions. “This is a rare facility in our region at the moment, and investors from India need to explore this opportunity; considering groundbreaking advances the country has in the areas of Information and Communication Technology,” says Col (retired) Joseph Simbakalia, the Director General of the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) in Tanzania; an Authority which is also responsible for development of the Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone. 30 •TANZANIA Tanzania is best placed to attract investors from industries all over the world because of vast amount of natural resources within its boundaries, availability of massive labour force together with a strong market base within the country, the region of East, Central and Southern Africa as a whole. – Col (retired) Joseph Simbakalia, Director General of the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA), Tanzania Development of the Bagamoyo Special Economic Zone is in line with Tanzania’s industrialisation drive. This is clearly articulated in Tanzania’s second National Five Year Development Plan (FYDP II: 2016/17-2020/21), the main thrust of which is to spur industrialisation for economic development. Tanzanian advocates of industrialisation Ali Mufuruki, Moremi Marwa and Gilman Kasiga, in their new book ‘Tanzania’s Industrialisation Journey, 2016-2056’, sees the Government’s plan as a step in the right direction. Suffi ce to say, Tanzania’s industrialisation drive has a strong policy backing and full support of the Government. Undoubtedly, the new direction will help Tanzania get through the painful experience of deindustrialisation experienced since the 1970s. Worth noting is that Tanzania’s new industrialisation roadmap sees the development of industries closely linked with opening up of main routes of transportation for improved effi ciency in the logistics sector. It is because of this understanding that Tanzania has started to construct a 1,463 kilometres standard gauge railway line between Dar es Salaam and Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. The construction, which is being implemented in phases, will eventually connect Burundi (a neighbouring country) and Mwanza (part of Tanzania that is linked to Uganda and Kenya through Lake