On October 30th, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa visited Hengya (Tanzania) Building Materials and Energy Industrial Park for the first time.
Hengya (Tanzania) Building Materials and Energy Industry Park is located in the Mkinga area of Tanga Province. The industrial park will take cement as its main industry and will involve many other industries including building materials and electricity. The industrial park will build Tanzania's only dedicated terminal for importing raw materials and exporting products to other countries.
At about 5:10 pm local time, the Prime Minister’s team arrived at the industrial park, accompanied by the Minister of Health, the Provincial Governor of Tanga, the Harbour Master of Tanga, the Councillors of Mkinga District and other Tanzanian government leaders, and were warmly received by Xu Huilong, Chairman of Hengyuan Group, and Li Ping, General Manager of Hengya (Tanzania) Cement Co., Ltd.
The visit of the Prime Minister made the site crowded, and the busy scene of the media staff was everywhere. Almost all the local residents gathered here to welcome the Prime Minister with cheers and applause, even if the tense atmosphere from escort’s tight security could not cover up the joy of the local people.
As soon as the premier got off the car and walked to the project introduction board, Chairman Xu Huilong first welcomed and thanked the Prime Minister for his first visit and briefly introduced the current progress and problems encountered of the industrial park. Then the Provincial Governor of Tanga gave a brief speech. Finally, the Prime Minister delivered an important speech. During the speech, the Prime Minister first expressed his gratitude to Chairman Xu Huilong and thanked Hengyuan Group for choosing Tanzania for investment and then stressed that the project of Hengya Building Materials and Energy International Industrial Park is expected to raise US$3 billion in 10 years and will be the largest investment project in Tanzania and East Africa, which will bring huge opportunities to Tanzania. The Prime Minister also stated that Hengya Industrial Park, as the largest industrial park in Tanzania, will not only be the leader in Tanzania, but also stand out in East Africa. Prime Minister Majaliwa said: "This project will greatly improve of our country's economy and people’s living standards, especially the people in the Mkinga area."
Prime Minister Majaliwa continued to mention the benefits of carrying out this project in Tanzania. He said: "Through this project, many Tanzanians will get a job because the project intends to employ more than 8,000 employees." He also stressed that the people of Mkinga should fully support the Hengya Industrial Park project. Chairman Xu Huilong promised to solve the water problem in Mkinga area by providing clean water to every household. In addition to water issues, Chairman Xu Huilong also promised to support local education and medical undertakings by providing school equipment from primary school to high school as well as modern medical facilities and medicines. However, Hengya (Tanzania) Cement Co., Ltd. still faces some challenges, and the Prime Minister assured Chairman Xu Huilong and the general manager, Li Ping, that all challenges will be solved soon. Prime Minister Majaliwa appointed the Minister of Mines, the Minister of Energy and other relevant institutions to provide alternative solutions for accelerating the approval of the Hengya Industrial Park project. The Prime Minister concluded his speech at 5:50 and thanked Chairman Xu Huilong for coming to Tanzania from China to attend the event.
After the speech, Hengya (Tanzania) Cement Co., Ltd. specially designed a signing board for the visit of the Prime Minister. The signing board was designed to release “Long Cement” and effectively promoted it through the media to lay the foundation for the sales of future products.
On the evening of October 30th, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa and Xu Huilong, the Chairman of Hengyuan Group, and Li Ping, the general manager of the company, held a private casual meeting at the Provincial Governor's residence. The two sides conducted in-depth discussions on current problems and investment plans. The Prime Minister stated that he would organize relevant government departments to hold meetings with Hengya (Tanzania) Cement Co., Ltd. in the capital Dodoma in November and plan to solve these problems within three months to ensure the full progress of the Hengya project.
Our company deeply feels that the local government attaches great importance to this project, so we are more determined to invest in Tanzania. We will continue to make more efforts to promote the project and actively carry out public welfare activities in accordance with the requirements of the Prime Minister, so as to lay a good foundation for economic and social benefits brought by the project operation in the future.