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East African Strategy

East African Strategy

Demand For Industrial Welders and High Voltage Electricians is set to Soar

The East African Community guides the free movement of goods, people, labor, services, and capital from one Partner State to another as well as the rights of establishment of residence without restrictions.  Member countries include Tanzania, Kenya, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, and Uganda.  

There is not one certified welding school on the African continent that teaches industrial welding outside of South Africa. The Tanzanian welding schools we visited only had about 25-30% of the basic equipment needed to prepare its students for industrial welding.  The Tanzanian schools spend about 80-90% of time teaching theory and 10-20% of time in skill development. In contrast, the schools which teach certified industrial welding spend 80-90% of the time in actual skill development.  Furthermore, we know of no certified welding instructors who are native speakers of Swahili. But we did find English speaking ornamental welding instructors in Tanzania, who are ready for advanced industrial welding training. This is why we must bring the English-speaking Tanzanians to train in modern fully equipped U.S. welding schools.  We say, “A fish cannot learn to swim unless it is in the water.” 

When these Tanzanian instructors complete their certifiable training in the U.S., they are committed to return to Tanzania and teach others for a minimum of three years.

We will execute this program by working with our partners to establish certified welding schools in Tanzania, then expand to other parts of the East African Community. 

In the early couple years of our School to Work Program, we will reach out to young men and women from throughout these countries to be trained by the early adopters and trainers in the Republic of Tanzania, as we expand our footprint throughout this region. The open borders between the East African Community make this possible.

The demand for workers in the skilled trades is rapidly expanding throughout the region and Africa at large. 

Below find links to some of the current and future projects in the East Africa Community region that will need the welding and high voltage electrical skills we are focused on. 

Tanzania Project Examples

Tanzania LNG Project

($35 Billion USD project by Shell, ExxonMobil and Equinor)

Mtwara Mega Fertilizer Plant

($1.9 billion (USD) plant to produce 3900 tons of urea and 2200 tons of ammonia annually from natural gas. Being developed by Tanzania Petroeleum Development Corporation (TPDC), Ferrostaal Industrial Projects (Germany) Haldor Topsoe AS of Denmark, Fauji Fertilizer Co of Pakistan, and possibly Dangote Cement of Tanzania.)

Uganda-Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline

(Also known as the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline. Total investment is estimated at $3.5 billion USD, and is designed to transport 1445 kilometers (898 miles) 216000 barrels per day, through a 24” diameter, 898 mile (1445 km) pipeline.)

Msalato International Airport, Dodoma

Dodoma Outer Dual Carriage Highway Project

Dar es Salaam Maritime Gateway Project

Dar es Salaam BRT Bus Rapid Transit

Rufiji Hydropower Project

Bagamoyo Port

(The Bagamoyo Port is a new planned $11 billion (USD) project that will serve as a major import/export hub for Tanzania and surrounding countries in the East African Union including the Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and the DRC.  The total public and private investment in the surrounding 1,700 hector industrial zone is expected to reach $100 billion dollars when fully developed.)

Tanzania Standard Gauge Railway Project

Kenya Project Examples

Tana River Nuclear Plant

Nairobi BRT Project (Bus Rapid Transit)

Pinnacle Tower Project.

(To be Africa’s tallest building.)

Malindi to Bagamoyo Highway

Nairobi Railway City

Tanzania – Kenya Gas Pipeline

Nairobi-Mombasa Expressway

Kenya Geothermal Power Projects

(10,000 MW potential)


Mombasa – Malaba Standard Gauge Railway

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Lapset Corridor Project ($25 billion USD)

Lokichar to Lamu Pipeline

Konza Technology City

Mombasa Gate Bridge

Mombassa Port Expansion

Hydropower in Kenya

(Current plans include the Itari Dam, $255 million USD; Fiverr Dam, $145 million USD; Muruni Dam, $45 million USD; Kiranyaga Dam, $218 million USD; Thwake Dam, $692 million USD; Nyeri Dam, $10 million USD; Meaumet Dam, $182 million USD; Koala Dam, $182 million USD; Kiambu Dam, $154 million USD.)

Nairobi Mass Transit System

Kenya Highway Road Projects

(Projects include the Bomass-Rongai Dualling; Nairobi-Mombasa Expressway; Kenol-Isiolo Road; Mau Summit Road; Dongo Kundu Bypass; Mai-Mahiu Suswa Road; JKIA-Rironi Highway; Kapchorwa- Suam Road; Lamu-Garissa Road; Mau Mau Road)

DRC Project Examples

Mining in the DRC: The future of mining in the DRC depends on US$24 trillion worth of untapped minerals, which is the equivalent to the GDP of Europe and the United States combined.

Mining and Minerals in the DRC

Expansion of the Tenke Fungurume Mine

Kamoa-Kakula Copper Complex (233 metric tons of 4.46% copper, equal to10.4 metric tons of contained copper).

Congo-Ocean Railway

Iron Ore Development

Large Scale Solar Development

Chollet Hydroelectric Power Station

Rehabilitation of Kalemie Port

Katende Hydroelectric Power Station

National Highway Project No. 3

Congo River – Nyle Canal Project

Grand Inga Dam, Seven Power Stations

Burundi Project Examples

Uganda Project Examples

Kira Car Manufacturing Plant

Kampala-Mpigi Expressway

Kampala Flyover Road Project

Hoima International Airport


Uganda Roads Rehabilitation Project

Entebbe International Airport Expansion and Upgrade

Kampala Tower (East African Trade Center)

Kampala – Jinja Expressway

Karuma Hydropower Project

Uganda – Tanzania Crude Oil Pipeline

Rwanda Project Examples