Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has recently inaugurated the Dar es Salaam-Somanga corridor in the country’s southern coastal region which aims to meet the increasing demand on transport of goods and passengers between both cities.
The project’s total costs of KWD 14.06 million or USD 46.49 million was totally funded by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) in two stages in the years 1995 and 2000, and it included the improvement of 230 km of road, completion of the Rufiji Bridge, river bank and slope protection, and consultancy services.
The new corridor is meant to contribute to the economic and social development of the Tanzania’s south eastern regions by linking them with the commercial capital Dar es Salaam with reduction on road fees and maintenance costs.
The KFAED has so far developed a total of twelve projects in Tanzania for a total amount of KWD 60,473 million or USD 199,945 million deployed in sectors as telecommunications, industry, energy, transportation, and water & sewage, the most recent project signed last year in Washington D.C., USA.
Tanzania is the country that has received the largest help from the KFAED in the Sub-Saharan region followed by Ethiopia with a total of KWD 49,760 million in seven projects, while Angola closes the list with a total of KWD 4,363 million and only two projects.