Launched: EU development programs in Tanzania

EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Tanzanian Minister for Finance William Mgimwa. Photo by: European Commission

The European Union and the government of Tanzania signed six financing agreements Saturday (July 21) aimed at boosting inclusive growth and fighting poverty in the African nation.

The agreements are worth €126.5 million ($153 million), broken down as follows:

  • €45 million for road projects.

  • €51.5 million for water programs in the towns of Lindi, Sumbawanga and Kigoma.

  • €22 million for rural road improvement.

  • €3 million for civil society in Zanzibar.

  • €2.5 million for the National Authorizing Office.

  • €2.5 million for the technical cooperation facility.

EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs and Tanzanian Minister for Finance William Mgimwa signed the agreements at the State House in Dar es Salaam, the Guardian on Sunday reports. The event was attended by European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

The money is part of the more than €606 million the European Union allocated for Tanzania under the 10th European Development Fund (2008-2013).

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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