Master Plan for ICT Park in Progress
(AllAfrica Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) THE Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (Costech) together with the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) has acquired 400 acres of land in Bagamoyo for the establishment of an Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Park.
Costech Director General, Dr Hassan Mshinda exclusively told the 'Daily News on Saturday' that former occupants of the land have been compensated and a feasibility study has been conducted.
"We are preparing a master plan and expect to complete it in four months," he said.
Dr Mshinda explained that the primary aim of the project is to make use of the national fibre optic backbone to create more jobs. He cited the example of India that outsources services like call centres.
He said that since the national backbone is directly connected to India and neighbouring countries, Tanzania needs to take advantage of it.
"As we strive to take advantage of the direct connectivity to India, we also want to take advantage of Kiswahili that is spoken in the region," he said.
Dr Mshinda said that within the ICT Park there will be quality infrastructure and high internet connectivity.
The Park aims at housing multinational enterprises and start up incubators where the two entities could interact. The Park will also house a university for research and development.
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