THE Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa has appealed to Kagera residents to utilise effectively opportunities along the Hoima-Tanga oil pipeline to do business and raise their livelihoods.
Making the appeal during his four-day tour in the region, the Premier said the area has all conducive business opportunities which they should exploit, especially its closeness to four neighbouring countries of Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya across Lake Victoria and also export their food products outside the country.
“You should now build modern tourist hotels which investors and visitors can exploit,” he challenged them.
“The 1445-kilometre multi-trillion Hoima (Uganda) –Tanga (Tanzania) oil pipeline is a golden opportunity for business investment.
The project will be one of the world’s longest electronically heated crude oil export pipeline. It is expected to create between 10,000 and 15,000 direct jobs while temporary jobs are estimated at 30,000.
The pipeline will transport over 200,000 barrels of oil per day,” Mr Majaliwa pointed out.
He said iInvestors can contribute in industrialisation through construction of industries, Five Star Hotels and other key sectors including agriculture, health, education and minerals, a key priority for the Fifth Phase Government under President John Magufuli.
He said industries also create the platform that attracts capital, and skills as well as knowledge; hence it was the gateway to prosperity.
The Premier hinted that industries which produce goods for mass consumption such as clothes, textiles and edibles have ready markets in the country and should be highly encouraged.
“President Magufuli’s administration has embraced industrialisation as part of his ideas to address unemployment among the youth in the country and this should be supported,” added the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Mr Majaliwa has equally tasked the Kagera Cooperative Union (KCU), and Karagwe District Cooperative Union (KDCU) to ensure that coffee farmers are paid their outstanding payments by October 20, this year.