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April 24, 2011

The 2nd Stakeholders Meeting on Freight Transport Master Plan

PhotoMr. Motomura, the Team Leader, did introductory presentation

Based on an Agreement of Technical Cooperation between the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed in September 2010, a Technical Cooperation Project entitled "the Project for the Comprehensive Transport and Trade System Development Master Plan" (the Project), has been carried out since August 2011. The second Stakeholders Meeting was held on April 24, 2012 in Dar es Salaam.

The economy of Tanzania, with a population of over 40 million, has constantly shown high growth in recent years. Particularly in 2000s, the real growth rate has been hovering around 7%, which is expected to continue for the next decade. Consequently, the transport demand is expected to double in less than ten years. The importance of infrastructure development therefore needs to be addressed appropriately.

It is also important to note that Tanzania has several "international corridors" connecting its east coast to neighboring inland countries, and that development in such infrastructure has a great impact not only on Tanzanian economy but also the economic growth in the rest of the East Africa region. In that sense, transport infrastructure in Tanzania (both hard and soft) needs to be designated not only as a domestic asset but also as a common asset shared with the neighboring economies.

Thus, Tanzania's Ministry of Transport (former Ministry of Infrastructure Development) has requested the Japanese government to support in
1) preparing a comprehensive transport database for logistics development strategy building, and
2) preparing a master plan of freight transport development including both hard and soft infrastructure.

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JICA initiated the Project in August 2011 based on the aforementioned agreement with the Government of Tanzania. In the Project, JICA Study Team conducted Origin-Destination (OD) survey of freight and the OD survey results were utilized for the future cargo movement projection. All the survey results and direction of Master Plan have compiled into Interim Report by the Team.

This Stakeholder Meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Transport, and in the meeting, survey results and direction of Master Plan were presented. Some two dozen of transport related organizations and representatives of donors were attended, reflecting complex nature of multi-modal transport systems. Some of attendants were from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of EAC, Tanzania National Roads Agency, Tanzania Ports Authority, Tanzania Airport Authority, Reli Asset Holding Company, Traffic Police and so forth.

There were active and fruitful discussions on the presentation made by the JICA Study Team, such as importance of new sea port development to ease the congestion of Dar es Salaam Port, importance of Railway revitalization in the view of economic development, geopolitical importance of Tanzania as a transport hub for neighboring landlocked countries, and so forth. Comments and suggestion made by the stakeholders will be incorporated into the draft Master Plan to be presented in September, 2012.

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