Govt an­nounces boost for South­ern Tourist Cir­cuit

The African - - TOURISM - BY STAFF RE­PORTER

Tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in South­ern Tan­za­nia are set to re­ceive fund­ing from the World Bank and other De­vel­op­ment Part­ners.

This was re­vealed by the Deputy Min­is­ter for Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Tourism Ramo Makani in Par­lia­ment in Dodoma last week in which he said the pro­gramme dubbed REGROW, has re­ceived USD 100 mil­lion fund­ing from the World Bank.

Ramo Makani said this when re­spond­ing to Mr Has­san Kaunje (Lindi Ur­ban-CCM), who wanted to know when the govern­ment would start im­ple­ment­ing the rul­ing party’s man­i­festo that, among other mat­ters, stip­u­lates that tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in the south­ern zone will be im­proved.

“The 2015/2020 CCM elec­tion man­i­festo touched on de­vel­op­ing tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in the south­ern zone through a spe­cial pro­gramme. When will the govern­ment start im­ple­ment­ing this re­quire­ment”? he asked.

In re­sponse, the deputy min­is­ter said that the govern­ment has out­lined var­i­ous strate­gies in its 2016/2017-2020/2021 de­vel­op­ment to be put in place to en­sure a num­ber of prom­ises con­tained in the party’s man­i­festo are im­ple­mented.

He noted that in the sec­ond Five Year De­vel­op­ment Plan, the govern­ment seeks to open up op­por­tu­ni­ties in south­ern re­gion which are vi­tal in fu­elling in­dus­trial econ­omy. To achieve this, the deputy min­is­ter said the govern­ment is en­gag­ing pri­vate sec­tor to in­vest in tourism in­fra­struc­ture such as build­ing ho­tels.

Makani ex­plained that in the same pe­riod, the min­istry will en­sure that through Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP), it ad­ver­tises his­tor­i­cal fea­tures which are avail­able in Lindi and Mt­wara that will in turn at­tract tourists.

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