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China to establish $62 million transport University in Tanzania


Tanzania’s President John Magufuli addresses a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Tanzania’s State House on Tuesday said that China plans to build a university that will specifically cater for the country’s transport needs, local online website, The Citizen reports.

According to a statement released, Tanzania President John Magufuli met with the new Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Ms. Wang Ke where she announced that China would provide $62 million to finance the project.

According to Ke, the grant was past of China’s assistance to Tanzania in a move aimed at strengthening bilateral ties.

A transport university will greatly help Tanzania to increase the number of professionals in aviation, especially at this time when the government is purchasing planes to as parts of efforts to revive Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL), the report said.

As of November 2012 the country had 183 local pilots against a demand of 456, this according to Tanzania Air Operators Association. With an increase in the number of professionals, the demand will be met.

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