Monday, March 26, 2012
Japan donation to Tanzania extends to Tsh. 18 billion
TANZANIA government has benefited US Dollar 6.1 million (Tsh. 18 billion) worth of projects as donation from the government of Japan for the last five years since 2007 up to December 2011. The money which had been issued through Grant assistance scheme for Grass root Human Security Project (GGHSP) promoted various development projects in sectors of health, education, water supply and in other social and economic activities for the people's welfare. The Japanese Ambassador accredited into the country, Masaki Okada said early this week in Dar es Salaam that, “his government will continue to issue such a grant assistance to Tanzania wherever need arises”. However, he said adding that, “a total of 71 projects had been executed through this grant assistance on behalf of his government within the said period, and that each grant project had a value of an average of approximately US Dollar 83,000 (Tsh. 12.4 million). He said that, half of the total money spent within the period went to education sector, whereby construction and rehabilitation work of government's school's dormitories, classrooms and laboratories and many others was done. The Japanese government has been a major donor funding country to Tanzania through GGHSP scheme which has been offering a financial assistance scheme for various social and economic development projects which are designed to meet the diverse needs of the people. The Japanese funding scheme supports community participatory projects proposed by the needy organizations such as Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Local government Authorities, Community based Organizations and Government hospitals in the country in the manner that the ownership and reliable planning of applicants are highly respected for the implementation of the projects. The GGHSP has acquired an excellent reputation for providing flexible and timely support to development projects at a grassroots’ level as the scheme has a direct impact on the well being of the people in the community.