Tanzania ramps up national physical address registration

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The operation reflects the government's commitment to improving infrastructure and services, making Tanzania a more attractive destination for business and investment.


Dar es Salaam. The ministry of Information, Communication and Information Technology is launching a major initiative to ensure every Tanzanian is registered in the National Physical Addressing (NaPA) system.

NaPA’s assistant coordinator, Arnold Mkude, announced the plans during an interview at the 48th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), themed "Tanzania: Your Best Destination for Business and Investment."

Mr Mkude emphasised that the current fiscal budget is dedicated to conducting a special operation to achieve complete registration of all Tanzanians in the NaPA database.

"We're dedicating resources to achieving complete NaPA registration by the next fiscal year," Mr Mkude said. "However, this will be an ongoing effort as new houses and plots are continuously developed."

He said that since the release of the 2022 Population and Housing Census report, NaPA has managed to reach 85 percent of Tanzanians nationwide.

He explained that, "During that time, we conducted our residential address exercise." Despite this impressive coverage, a significant. A number of people have yet to collect their placards and are unaware of their house numbers and street names.

Mr Mkude highlighted the importance of a physical address and the role it plays in various aspects of life, including business, investment, and everyday activities. "That is why we are at the DITF grounds: to provide awareness and encourage people to understand the importance of a physical address. We call on everyone to visit our pavilion to verify their data in our system," he urged.

For those who are not yet registered, the ministry has set up
facilities at the DITF to ensure they are promptly added to the
database.  The operation underscores the government's commitment to improving infrastructure and services, making Tanzania an even more attractive destination for business and investment. As new houses are built and new plots are bought daily, the exercise will be an ongoing effort to keep the database up-to-date and comprehensive.

The aim is to enhance the accuracy and reliability of the national
addressing system, ultimately contributing to the country's growth and development.

The ministry created a digital system called NaPA, which has been implemented in many places in the country, including people’s residences, hospitals, shops, schools, banks and
other government and private institutions.