It is the tallest building in Arusha City. In fact, could the highest towering complex in the Northern Zone yet.
Apparently some people describe it to be also the most beautiful piece of architecture.
The Pan-African Postal Union complex constructed at the cost of 33 billion/- and which is now going to serve as the headquarters for the continental posts and communications body, gets inaugurated on September 2, 2023.
At least five Heads of State as well as top representatives from 26 African Countries are joining President Samia Suluhu Hassan in Arusha for the grand occasion to officially inaugurate the tallest building in the precinct.
It is the latest skyscraper in Arusha and officially the tallest edifice in the city, stacking 18 floors high while also dipping an additional underground basement for auxiliary vehicle parking bay.
The giant complex features Africa themed the entry-level ground foyer and an additional slightly shorter twin structure or rear wing.
This PAPU building mushrooms at the Philips junction of Sekei Ward, along the Arusha-Moshi highway next to Mount Meru Hotel.
The Chief Executive of the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) Sirili Akko cited the building as a strategic event which will not only beautify Arusha City, but also a boost to conference tourism.
“I am sure the investors will also take into consideration the cost of renting floor space, to ensure that potential tenants get attracted,” he said.
Deputy Permanent Secretary, in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, Selestine Kakele says the launching of the tower is the icing on the cake for the 41st Administrative Council meetings for Pan African Postal Union (PAPU), held in Arusha.
The PAPU complex is a joint venture project between the Pan African Postal Union, which operates from Arusha and the Tanzanian government through the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA).
The Pan African Postal Union footed 60 percent of the bill while the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) covered the remaining 40 Percent on the tab.
Beijing Engineering and Construction Limited undertook the works for the project alongside other sub-contractors.
Now the PAPU Tower, according to observers, is set to radically change the skyline of Arusha city which has seen declining property development in the last few years.
Major investment structures currently kissing the Arusha skyline include the Ngorongoro Tourism Centre building, the National Social Security Fund’s (NSSF) Mafao House near the Clock-Tower and the former Naura Springs Hotel, all designed more than a decade ago.
Headquartered in Arusha, the Pan-African Postal Union was established in January 1980 as a specialized agency of the then Organization of African Union (OAU), the precursor to the African Union (AU).
The Pan African Postal Union which emerged from the postal conference held in Arusha is one of several regional and international organizations with permanent headquarters in Arusha.
Others include the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the East African Community (EAC) and its affiliated institutions.
ALL PHOTOS BY MARC NKWAME