Tanzanian President John Magufuli has laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new library at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), the biggest of its kind in Africa to be built at a cost of about 40 million U.S. dollars. He said the project, wholly funded by the Chinese government, had come at the right time as the government was working hard to improve the country’s education standard. Once completed, the state-of-the-art facility will boast a space of 20,000 sqm and house over 800,000 books.
The planned mega-library will also be able to accommodate 2,600 university students at any one time, officials said. Former president Jakaya Kikwete, who is the chancellor of the UDSM, also attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the library. He appreciated the efforts by the Chinese government to fund various development projects in the country.
The Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Lyu Youqing commended Tanzania’s efforts towards the promotion of its economy, which grew at high rate in the last 10 years. He commended President Magufuli’s speedy transformation of the east African nation, which aims to fulfill the Development Vision 2025 that would see the country developing into a middle class economy.