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Tanzania: Traders Now Seek to Benefit From Improved Airport

Posted on : Thursday, 13th October 2016

 Dodoma — In the recent past, the government spent nearly Sh11.8 billion on the expansion of Dodoma Airport .

Work on the much touted renovation has been carried out at a time when preparations to shift the government's seat from Dar es Salaam to the designated capital are in full swing.
President John Magufuli said recently that his fifth phase government would be fully operational in Dodoma within the next four years.
Big aircrafts can now land and take off at the airport as the centrally-placed region of 410,956 people is ready to acquire its new status.
The renovated 43-year-old facility is now one of the major airports in the country.
Constructed by the government in 1973, the facility had for years been used only by national leaders and top government officials. It was rarely used by international traders and other civilians.
Without mincing words, for the Dodoma residents, seeing an airplane land at the airport was like witnessing a solar eclipse.
The airport was only alive during the Presidential tours or during the Parliament sessions.
Such poor aviation activities records here had to a greater extent put residents and traders far from even thinking that airplane could be one of the best means of transportation.
As a result, many private aviation companies used to avoid sending their planes here.
That suffice to say, for decades now, the only means of transporting people and cargos here was by road and railway.
But year-in year -out the business and economic sectors in the new capital have continued to grow.
As of now, there is an influx of traders from other regions seeking to invest here.
The regional authorities have strived a lot to improve infrastructure and other facilities.
As the date for official relaunch of the Dodoma Airport nears, some traders and other development stakeholders here are mulling on how they could benefit from the facility.
They, actually, look forward to capitalise on this facility to turn around their economic fortunes after witnessing large planes from various countries land here on their way to far destinations within the continent.

Source : allafrica.com
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