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ARUSHA, Tanzania, Aug. 6 (NNN-XINHUA) — Tanzanian President John Magufuli and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the construction of a crude oil pipeline from Hoima in Uganda to Tanzania’s Indian Ocean seaport of Tanga.

The 1,443-kilometer East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) costing US$3.55 billion will be able to transport 200,000 liters of oil per day once the project starts its operation. It will be the world’s longest electrically heated crude oil pipeline.

Authorities said construction of the EACOP is expected to commence early 2018, and is projected to take 36 months with the prospect of creating between 6,000 and 10,000 jobs.

Uganda’s current oil reserves stand at 6.5 billion barrels with 1.7 billion recoverable from the ground.

The event was witnessed by high-ranking officials, ministers, senior government officials from different institutions which are involved in the project.

Speaking at the historical event, which brought on board thousands of people from the two east African nations, Magufuli described the project as a landmark for swift development of the two countries and east African region at large.

In Tanga region alone, Magufuli said that more than 45,000 youth will benefit directly and indirectly with the implementation of the giant project, which upon completion is to completely change the outlook of the northerly seaport city of Tanzania.

He however challenged Tanzanian youth to explore opportunities available in the project, which touches on almost every sector.

“It is high time Tanzanians chipped in and benefited from the regional project, which has countless benefits,” he said.

Magufuli further lauded Uganda for choosing Tanga route for the crude oil pipeline, which will also be a source of revenue for the two east African nations.

Museveni described Tanga Port as key because of its geographical location and security.

He said that the project will also make fuel cheaper hence foster aviation industry, whereby regional airlines will get cheaper jet fuel.

Museveni further stated that the pipeline shows the importance of integrated decision-making for the two states.

Medard Kalemani, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for Energy and Minerals, said the construction will be carried out by three firms, two from France and one from the United Kingdom.

According to Kalemani, on the Tanzanian side, the pipeline will pass into 8 regions namely Kagera, Geita Shinyanga, Tabora, Singida, Dodoma, Manyara and Tanga. It will also cover 24 districts and 184 villages.

Construction of the three-year project will commence next January, the deputy minister said.

According to feasibility studies, the Tanga route was deemed the cheapest for Uganda to transport its oil from the production point in Hoima to the international market.

Tanga route has convenient flat terrain, not interrupted by other activities, has lowest environmental challenges, and provides the shortest schedule for Uganda to see the first oil exports around mid 2020.


SA open for business

South Africa is open for business and awaits partnerships from the Zambian and regional private sector, says President Jacob Zuma.

As the South African government, we have urged our private sector to participate in the economic growth of the region including Zambia, President Zuma said.

Addressing the 91st Agricultural and Commercial Show in Zambia on Saturday, he said he was pleased that the South African private sector has taken up the opportunity availed by the show.

He said a number of South African companies continue to operate in Zambia principally in the mining, tourism, agriculture, and retail sectors.

Considering the annual variations in food production in the region due to changing weather patterns, there is a need to review the work done on the establishment of a Regional Food Reserve Facility, President Zuma said.

Reviewing the work done would provide Southern African Development Community (SADC) with a mechanism for preventing and preparing for adverse impacts and shocks to food security.

This is more important given the negative effects of climate change which poses a serious threat to agriculture and food security in the region.

Climate change affects the three pillars of food security, namely food availability, food access and food safety and nutrition.

Its impact on temperature and the increased frequency of drought and floods are detrimental to the development of the agricultural sector, he said.

President Zuma said research plays an important role in the adaptation to climate change within SADC.

He said for agriculture to make a meaningful contribution to the achievement of the aspirations of Agenda 2063, a transformed and modernised agriculture, backed by adequate investments and technological support is imperative.

In this regard, Agro-processing, Agribusiness and green industries are some of the priority areas that we shall be focusing on during our tenure, President Zuma said.

South Africa and Zambia signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of agriculture in December 2009.

It enables the two countries to share agricultural development experiences, capacity building and skills development programmes amongst other areas of cooperation.

We have signed numerous bilateral agreements in various sectors and new ones are still under discussion, President Zuma said.

Source: South African Government News Agency