Tanzania is committing $39.2.6 million for the implementation of 23 projects aimed at revamping the tourism sector affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Acording to the Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Damas Ndumbaro, the funds were part of the 567.25 million U.S. dollars approved in September by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
The projects which include renovation of infrastructure, installation of security systems, purchase of mobile test kits for testing COVID-19 infections among tourists, and acquisition of transportation facilities will simplify access to different tourist attractions and subsequently reviving the tourism sector.
The IMF approved the funds in emergency financial assistance to Tanzania under the Rapid Credit Facility and Rapid Financing Instrument to support the authorities’ efforts in responding to the pandemic by addressing the urgent health, humanitarian, and economic costs.
He said part of the funds will be used to renovate roads leading to Serengeti, Mkomazi, Tarangire, Nyerere, Kilimanjaro, Saadani, and Gombe national parks.