Tanzania Electricity Upgrade Plan Attracts Donor Support

Plans of the Tanzanian government to improve electricity supply in the country attracted support from several international donors, including the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corp. and the African Development Bank, The Citizen reports.

William Ngeleja, the country’s energy and minerals minister, said MCC offered some USD206 million for the initiatives, while AfDB pledged funds specifically for the construction of power lines in Shinyanga and Mwanza. Ngeleja said that USD53.68 million of the MCC pledge will go to the construction of a hydropower plant in the Kigoma region, while approximately USD90 million will be used to upgrade electric facilities in the regions of Tanga, Dodoma, Morogoro, Mbeya, Iringa and Mwanza.

The plans will also be supported by investments from the Rural Energy Agency, which includes 4.221 billion Tanzanian shillings (USD3 million) in funding for power projects in the Longido and Bagamoyo districts.

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