By Khalifa Hemed
Published August 25, 2017
Britain has set aside £350 million (about US$450 million) to help improve education, health and security services and boost jobs and prosperity in Tanzania.
Rory Stewart, United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Africa, has during his visit to the East African country announced that Britain is determined to help build a more secure and prosperous Tanzania over the next three years.
British aid, Stewart said in the country’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, will help to strengthen businesses and trade, which will create more jobs for young Tanzanians. Additionally, the UK will also support the Government of Tanzania to improve education and health services, provide access to clean water, as well as fight organized crime and corruption.
The announcement was made during Minister Stewart’s visit to State House where he met with President John Magufuli and discussed how Tanzania and the UK work together for shared future prosperity.
Speaking at State House, Minister Stewart said, “I am very excited to be in Tanzania and to witness the great strides that the country is making in education, providing access to clean water, fighting crime and stamping out corruption. As a key investor and development partner, the UK is committed to supporting the Government of Tanzania to boost economic growth and investment; improve the quality of basic services; and fight organized crime and corruption.”
Stewart also visited various projects supported by the UK Government. These included seeing how the UK is strengthening education services at Mkoani Primary School, improving healthcare at a nearby health facility, and working to strengthen trade and infrastructure at the Port of Dar es Salaam and Songas Power Plant. He also met with business and civil society leaders and had lunch with young Tanzanians.
Speaking after the lunch, Stewart said: “Young people are the key to unlocking Tanzania’s potential. The UK is committed to investing in Tanzania’s next generation through our support to education, and our work creating jobs and boosting businesses, in addition to programmes run through the British Council and our prestigious Chevening Scholarships.”
Tanzania was Stewart’s last stop in his seven-day visit to the Eastern Africa Region. Before visiting Tanzania, the Minister visited Ethiopia and Somalia, to see how the UK is providing lifesaving humanitarian aid to millions of people at risk of starvation.