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China Company Constructed Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation (MNF) Building Inaugurated by Tanzanian, Ugandan leaders

Constructed by China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG), the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation (MNF) Building was inaugurated by Tanzanian President John Magufuli and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Friday, September 6th.

Both presidents commended CRCEG for its "excellent job for putting up such a magnificent structure." The 30-story building is a cooperative project of CRCEG, MNF and International Finance Corporation with a total investment of 150 million U.S. Dollars.

Speaking at the inauguration, H.E.Wang Ke, ambassador of China to Tanzania, said the MNF Building will contribute to consolidating the status of Dar es Salaam as business hub in East and Central Africa.

"The inauguration coincides with the 20th anniversary of the passing of Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, who visited China 13 times and is the most respected African leader in China. The Building is a good commemoration to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, and also adds to the legacy of the long existed and unbreakable solidarity and friendship between China and Tanzania."

Amb. Wang commended President Magufuli and the fifth phase government, saying Tanzania has achieved great success in state governance and economic development, especially in combating corruption, improving infrastructure and social delivery.

"China and Tanzania are good friends, partners and brothers in all-weather. Let us continue to make joint efforts in our collaboration so that we can do more and do better," said the ambassador.

During his speech, President Magufuli said Tanzanians could learn Nyerere's legacy by revisiting the state-of-the-art archive located in the MNF Building that stocked his books, speeches and other literature. The president also commended Chinese companies for their continuous support in the field of infrastructure construction of Tanzania.

On his part, President Museveni said Nyerere will ever be remembered for his anti-colonial struggle in southern Africa, adding that Nyerere also cherished pro-people and pro-unity policies that made Tanzania peaceful all these years.

Located in the center of Dar es Salaam, the project has a total construction area of 63,000 square meters and is home to a five-star hotel with 256 bedrooms and suites, 7,000 square meters of offices, 2,000 square meters of commercial retail areas and supporting facilities such as conference centers and parking lots.

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