France signs agreement to finance Tanzania’s ambitious water project

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Recently, the governments of Tanzania and France signed a loan agreement to finance water supply projects in the Morogoro region of the country. The signing took place on Thursday, May 28, 2020, when the project should benefit around 770,000 people residing in the region.

According to a press release from Dotto James, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Planning, the French government will provide a loan of around 76 million dollars to the countries of East Africa through its French Development Agency (AFD). He further stated that “once completed, the water supply in the municipality of Morogoro will drop from the current 37,000 cubic meters to 108,000 cubic meters per day.”

Morogoro is the 6th largest district in Tanzania with 19 sub-regions. The district is located between Dar es Salaam (the largest city and the commercial center of the country) and Dodoma (the capital of the country). This makes it vulnerable to unexpected and rapid urbanization and also threatens its sustainability.

In 2015, two of its main sources of water – Mindu Dam and the rivers and streams on the slopes of Uluguru Mountain – dried up, causing severe water scarcity in the region.

But, in a recent During his speech to the country’s Parliament in April, Professor Makame Mbarawa, Minister of Water, assured the house that his ministry, through the urban authority for water supply and sanitation of Morogoro (Moruwasa), was implementing an ambitious project. According to the minister, the project aimed to obtain water from the Divue river in the district of Turiani during the financial year 2020/21 via internal revenue sources.

According to a press release from Mbarawa, “in fiscal year 2020/21, the government intends to implement another project to expand a water treatment plant in Mafinga that supplies water to from the Mindu dam to produce 40,000 cubic meters per day and we are implementing it in collaboration with the French Development Agency (AFD). “

With the latest funding for its water project, the water shortage in Morogoro will probably become a thing of the past because the two governments aim to complete it in 2021. To further reinforce this, Stephanie Mouen, AFD National Representative for Tanzania, argued that the project will improve the well-being of the inhabitants of the municipality of Morogoro and their environment.

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