Kilwa,15th May 2019: Pan African Energy Tanzania (PAET), Tanzania’s first natural gas producer, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) worth over 1 billion Tshs with the Kilwa District Council (KDC) to construct health facilities in the district in order to continue contributing to the wellbeing of the local community.

Signed on 15th May 2019, the MOU encompasses the construction of Somanga Health Centre, mortuary Building and a District Pharmacy at Kinyonga District Hospital in Kilwa. The construction of Somanga Health Centre and that of the District Pharmacy are both in response to the government’s directive that all villages in Tanzania should have a dispensary and all the wards in the country should have health centres and that each county council establishes a pharmaceutical shop to ensure a reliable supply of medicines for community members accessing services at district hospitals and health centres.

PAET’s Managing Director, Andy Hanna, said, “The project that we are signing the MOU for today demonstrates how the commitment for transparency in all that we do to ensure that the project benefits the people and projects can be sustained by the regions in which they are developed.”

“PAET is also proud to be a part of the Songo Songo project alongside the government and our partners TPDC and Songas. The project so far has returned significant revenues to the government and generated untold employment for the people of Tanzania as a consequence of the natural gas that we supply for power and industries. We hope that we can continue the project and grow business in Tanzania to accelerate and increase the support we are providing Tanzania to date”.

“Alongside industrialization and processing increase volume of gas to enable greater power generation and power stability in Tanzania. PAET is equally committed to improving lives of the people in Lindi and Kilwa district. We develop corporate social responsibility programs hand in hand with the regional authorities, district councils, district leaders and spokespersons from the people themselves.” He added.

During the MOU signing event, PAET’s Corporate Social Responsibility ManagerAndrew Kashangaki said that the company’s support for the projects was a testimony to its long-standing commitment to improving the social wellbeing of the communities in which it operates.

“The signing of the MOU with the Kilwa District Council attests to PAET’s corporate social responsibility commitment to develop and implement health and other socially-impactful programs that have tremendously improved the lives of all the communities in Kilwa District”, Kashangaki said.

Citing the positive impacts of the construction of the health facilities in the district, Kashangaki noted that the company will use local resources, mainly local labour and the construction materials that will be sourced from the local suppliers, thus having direct benefit on the community.

In the entire period of the construction, PAET will utilize local contractors and employ local artisans. “We will ensure that all the building materials and logistical services are procured from the local suppliers”, Kashangaki added, explaining that materials such as cement, a key component in the construction, will be purchased from the local factory in Kilwa or Dangote Cement Factory in Mtwara.

The Chairman of Kilwa District Council, Abuu Mjaka, commended PAET for this noble gesture and urged all stakeholders in the region to support the projects.

He further added that successful CSR requires concerted efforts of all individuals and institutions to come up with effective initiatives and activities that realize the desired benefit and serve all segments of society.

PAET has been pioneering and implementing health and education projects in the district significantly impacting daily lives of community members for the last 13 years.

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