Wednesday, 26th March 2015 – Mr. Omari Issa, the Chief Executive Officer of the President’s Delivery Bureau’s (PDB) which oversees implementation of the Big Results Now (BRN), appealed to Heads of States of countries implementing Central Corridor transport projects to adopt delivery systems that will ensure timely completion of identified projects in each country. He reiterated that countries that would complete their portion of the projects in time would be frustrated if other countries lagged behind, considering that Central Corridor projects complement one another.
Speaking at the Central Corridor Development Acceleration Programme’s Presidential Roundtable event in Dar es Salaam yesterday, he said that Tanzania has achieved beyond expectations with less budget in the first year of implementation because of BRN’s discipline which emphasizes prioritization, rigorous and continuous monitoring and problem solving frameworks. The discipline has been useful in addressing emerging challenges, hence enabled the country to make significant strides in each national priority area including transport projects.
Specifically, Mr. Issa remarked that the implementation of critical Central Corridor projects in Tanzania which are currently being tracked and monitored under BRN has yielded significant results. This include port rehabilitation, reinvigoration of the central railway line, critical roads and energy projects along the Corridor.
Government leaders from Central Corridor countries indicated their interest to adopt Tanzania’s BRN Delivery Methodology in the transport sector in order to fast-track implementation on all fronts.
The Central Corridor Acceleration Project, launched in January 2014, aims to see railways, roads, marine and air routes link the landlocked countries of Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo with Dar es Salaam.
While fast tracking infrastructure development in Tanzania, the Government is also prioritising reforms to improve business environment and ease of doing business in the country. This will facilitate better trading environment across borders. Six new national key result areas (NKRAs) were introduced under BRN to achieve this – Access to land & security of tenure NKRA; Contract Enforcement, Law & Order NKRA; Curbing Corruption NKRA; Labour Law & Skillsets NKRA; Realigning regulations & institutions NKRA; and Taxation, multiplicity of levies & fees NKRA.
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Issued in Dar es Salaam by:
Omari Issa, Chief Executive Officer,
President’s Delivery Bureau (PDB)