Sunday, January 24, 2016
An MP to insist construction of dry port in Dodoma designated capital
A MEMBER of Parliament for Mtera constituency in Dodoma Region, Livingstone Lusinde, plans to table a private motion in Parliament for establishing an inland port in the designated capital. He told reporters here that inland port in Dodoma would boost the economy of the region and help in providing job opportunities for the residents to contribute in poverty alleviation efforts by the government. He said Dodoma was a potential area for inland port investment as it strategically located to serve other neighbouring regions and landlocked countries of Burundi, DR Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. Dodoma Region is directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and could therefore operate as a centre for the transshipment of sea cargo to inland destinations, he said.
The legislator said the region should be accorded its due status as the capital of the country and big investments which would help to raise the economy of the region and help to lift the people out of poverty. “Countries such as Rwanda, Burundi and Congo would easily take their cargo from Dodoma and this will expand investment activities and increase the fortunes of the region,” he said. He said by its location in semi-arid area, the economic potential of the Dodoma Region were limited to a few areas hence investments in inland port would be much needed. Dodoma Region is connected to Dar es Salaam with a major highway that passes through Morogoro Region. To the west, there are roads to Mwanza and Kigoma going through Tabora. The Great North Road links the city with Arusha to the north, via Kondoa. The region is also served by the Central railway line which connects it over a distance of 465 kilometres (289 mi) with Dar es Salaam in the east.