Posted on :Saturday , 12th January 2019
More than 806 acres of land has been set aside for construction of new industries by the government of Tanzania in the country's northern city Arusha.
Construction is set to take place on the southern fringes of the 272 square-kilometer metropolitan area. As per the Arusha 2035 Master Plan prepared by consultants from Singapore, Oljoro, Olmoti and Terrat suburbs will accommodate the new industrial site.
A survey was done marking 300 plots for public use in various conducive suburban environment. Out of it, 11 plots were marked for small scale industries. The inoperative Public Sector Pension Fund (PSPF) has surveyed 234 plots for development.
The Arusha Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Authority (Auwsa) have set aside six plots for developmental projects. 42 plots have been allocated for the construction of schools while a hospital and other health facilities will be constructed on 4 plots. Two plots have also been set aside by unspecified investors.
Additionally, supporting infrastructure is being constructed such as a 7.15 kilometer paved road network. The industrial development is said to take Arusha to another growth level.
Tanzania’s industrial development
In the last five years, Tanzania has experienced an average annual industrial growth rate of 8% contributing to 25% to the country’s GDP. In order to become a semi-industrialized country, the contribution of manufacturing to the national economy must reach a minimum of 40% of the GDP by 2025. For the desired industrial development to take place, the Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) are expected to provide the capital.
Industrial zones such as the old town south of the city Center, Kisongo, Unga Limited and Themi area and have traditionally been the major zones. Other industries such as Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) plant, steel rolling mills and a host of food processing plants have however taken the lead.
Tanzania’s general industrial structure comprises of manufacturing 53%, processing 43% and assembling industries 4%.