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France Signs An Agreement To Fund 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, while the project is expected to benefit about 770,000 people residing in the region.

According to a statement by Dotto James, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, the French government will extend the loan of about $76 million to East African countries through its French Development Agency (AFD). He further stated that “upon completion, the water supply in the Morogoro municipality will increase from the current 37,000 cubic meters a day to 108,000 cubic meters a day.”

Morogoro is the 6th largest district in Tanzania with 19 sub-regions. The district is situated between  Dar es Salaam (the country’s largest city and commercial centre) and Dodoma (the country’s capital city). This makes it vulnerable to unplanned and rapid urbanisation and also threatens its sustainability. 

In 2015, two of its main sources of water supply – the Mindu Dam and the rivers and streams from the slopes of the Uluguru mountain – dried up, causing the region to experience severe water shortage. Read more…  

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