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Monday, February 8, 2010

AMERICANS PROVIDE 7 BILIONI SHs FOR TANGA- HOROHORO ROAD

The American people are supporting the upgrading of the 65km Tanga-Horohoro road. The project is being implemented through the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA-Tanzania).

The road will be covered with bitumen. The work on the Tanga � Horohoro
road is the first of six different road segments that will be rehabilitated
and upgraded under the Mainland Trunk Roads project, which is part of the $698.136 million MCC Compact.

According to the press release by the US Embassy, representatives from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), regional and local officials and representatives from the Tanzania Roads Authority (Tanroads) visited the site.

Last December, Sinohydro won the tender for construction works contract after an open international competition. The total value of the contract award was nearly Sh69.9 billion ($ 53.8 million).

The work will be conducted under the overall supervision of MCA-Tanzania and Tanroads, assisted by personnel from the International Consultants and Technocrats Pvt (ICT).

ICT was awarded its construction supervision contract by MCA-Tanzania
in September 2009. Other roads being financed under the Compact includes Tunduma to Laela; Laela to Sumbawanga; Peramiho Junction to Mbinga; and Songea to Namtumbo.

Construction contracts for all these roads are in place and the procurement
process for the remaining work contracts is now well underway. "Top quality firms from around the world have already passed the first procurement phase and been pre-qualified for the second and final bidding stage," the statement read.

MCC and MCA-Tanzania expect to award the five remaining works contacts
for the Mainland Trunk Roads project over the next few months. The Mainland Trunk Roads project is only one of several important transport sector activities underway under the MCC Compact between the United States of America and the United Republic of Tanzania that went into effect in September 2008.

Other projects in the transport sector include an upgrading of up to 36 km of rural roads in Pemba and the improvements to Mafia island airport.

The MCC Compact also includes major components that will provide significant assistance in the energy and water sectors. The American people will provide
a total of $698.1 million in US assistance under the Compact through September 2013.



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