Written by Florence Mugarula The Citizen Dec 17, 2009 The Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco) has hired a Norwegian company to train its staff. Tanesco signed a three-year deal with STATNET, which will see its technical staff receive training in transmission and management of transmission infrastructure. The project, which aims at improving Tanesco performance, is funded by the Norwegian Government to the tune of Sh8.3 billion. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Tanesco acting managing director Stephen Mabada said the partnership would improve their operations. He said the power sector is characterised by higher demand than supply as well as aging transmission and distribution network. According to Mr Madaba, the sector was also facing acute shortage of funds to expand and update its infrastructure. The Norwegian Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Jon Lomoy, said the contract symbolised the cooperation between Norway and Tanzania and that his country wished to see improvements in Tanesco's operations. "It is our expectation that Tanesco staff will learn a lot from STATNET in three years of this project and we will witness positive changes in the company's operations,"said the envoy. STATNET Chief Executive Officer Auke Lont said there were many benefits to come through cooperation. He urged Tanesco to establish close relations with companies in the neighbouring countries for the purpose of learning and exchanging skills for development of the sector. Meanwhile, Tanesco general manager (transmission) Decklan Mhaiki explained that the Norwegian company would help improve skills of their staff. "We expect to see technical improvement in our operations; it is a golden opportunity for Tanesco's staff to learn from the highly experienced people," said Mr Mhaiki.