Canada has welcomed Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, who’s on his first state visit to the country, with a package of six development programs.
The programs, which include new initiatives and a few projects that are already operational, were announced Oct. 4 by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They cover the areas of maternal and child health, economic development and governance — which are among Canada’s priority sectors for aid in Tanzania.
The projects are worth 30.65 million Canadian dollars ($31.2 million) and will be delivered through the Canadian International Development Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.
The Tanzanian government is the lead implementing partner for three of the six programs. These include a CA$2.75 million initiative focused on improving the transparency of extractive companies in the country and a CA$2.9 million project for better management of the country’s extractive industry resources. Both projects will run from 2012 to 2017. Tanzania will also receive CA$3.1 million for an ongoing government-led project to strengthen its Ethics Secretariat.
Harper’s announcement includes Canada’s contributions to two projects that are already operational and due to be completed by 2015. Canada will contribute $12 million to a maternal and child health improvement project led by Aga Khan Foundation Canada and CA$9.9 million to a similar project implemented by CARE Canada in six rural districts of Tanzania.
Meanwhile, through the foreign affairs and trade ministry, Canada will contribute $750,000 to the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Center, which helps prepare peacekeepers deployed to Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other U.N. missions.
These projects and contributions add to the more than CA$600 million worth of development assistance Canada has spent in Tanzania since 2006.
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