Speaking to journalists during the closing of the training in question, NEMC Director General, Dr Samuel Gwamaka said the collaboration between NEMC and University of Dar es Salaam in capacity building to professional guides was of greater importance especially at this time when the government has embarked on building the industrial economy.
“This cooperation will go a logway in reducing delays in conducting Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) which is the big challenge now hindering government efforts in attracting new investments,” he said.
Dr Gwamaka added that the training came at an appropriate time given the fact that the government is focused in building industrial and middle income country by 2025.
“The industrialization will come with positive and negative changes to our country as the history shows in some countries, therefore it is a high time we became more keen on environmental protection matter without becoming a stumbling block to the wave of investors pouring in eying investment opportunities,’’ he said.
Dr. Gwamaka pointed out that despite the challenges in conducting the EIA, NEMC is making a closer follow-up on conducts of professional guides and guide companies.
“We have to a larger extent worked towards solving the challenges facing the sector by registering some 819 EIA professional guides, some 370 environment assessors and 159 EIA guide companies and these efforts have increased efficiency,” he said.
For his part, the University of Dar es Salaam Head of Geography Department, Dr Opportuna Kweka commended the cooperation saying it would easy the conduct of EIA.
“I commend NEMC and the University for the programme in question because it will facilitate and easy the implementation of EIA in the country leading to increase in investors,” he said.
Dr Kweka said the training was divided into three section, adding that the first one is done and certificates have been issued. “This is the first phase of the training which has incorporated 21 trainees from various professions, future professional guides and public agency officials, participants have been given certificates by NEMC, we will have other trainings like this in the near future,” he said.
Engineer Nelson Samson who was one among the participants commended the organisers of the seminar, saying it has enlightened participants on matters related to EIA.