President Julius Nyerere officially opened Tanzania's tallest building, in Dar-Es-Salaam on Thursday (November 12). The?
President Julius Nyerere officially opened Tanzania's tallest building, in Dar-Es-Salaam on Thursday (November 12). The 800,000 pound sterling office block was built by a consortium including the Aga Khan's Industrial Promotion Service (IPS) and the Aga Khan himself was there to attend the opening ceremony.
Most of the finance for the 11-storey office block in the city centre had been raised in Tanzania, and it was Tanzanian workmen using mostly local material who built it. The building is being praised as a perfect illustration of Tanzania's policies of self-reliance. The Aga Khan's chief representative in East Africa said it was a continuation of the Aga Khan's investment policy of "progress through partnership", as Tanzania's National Development Corporation owns some 20 per cent of the consortium shares.
The Age Khan has been involved substantially in much of Tanzania's development a fact which was not overlooked at the ceremony. It was pointed out that there is the Aga Khan hospital in Dar-Es-Salaam and eleven health dispensaries outside the city. All of which are open to the public, irrespective of race or colour. Thirty-five primary schools and one secondary school have been established in Tanzania by the Aga Khan.
Before asking Dr. Nyerere to unveil the plaque. The Aga Khan said he was hoping there would be none of the hazards familiar to opening ceremonies, such as an incorrectly spelt name.
After the unveiling ceremony President Nyerere presented prizes to workmen connected with building the project. The office block is in the exact centre of Dar-Es-Salaam and will house business headquarters and embassies.