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India expands water sector cooperation with Tanzania

The Minister of Water and Irrigation of Tanzania Hon. Eng Gerson Lwenge, Indian Deputy High Commissioner Mr. Robert Shetkintong, Regional Commissioner of Tabora Hon. Aggrey Mwanri, several Members of Parliament, and representatives of the regional administration attended the contract signing ceremony for water supply projects at Tabora, Igunga and Nzega at Tabora on 22 April 2017. Government of India has extended a Line of Credit of US$268.35 million through EXIM Bank of India for this water project.

The Minister of Water and Irrigation thanked the Government of India for its assistance to Tanzania especially in water supply projects. According to him, these projects will improve the lives of the common people in the region in an area that is of high priority to the Government of Tanzania. The water project in Tabora, Nzega and Igunga will involve construction of water pumping station, water treatment plant, water transmission pipelines and water distribution network over the next two and half years. Government of India company WAPCOS will be the project management consultant, while the contractual work will be executed by M/s Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Limited, L&T Constructions/Sriram EPC and Afcons Infrastructure Limited/SMC Infrastructure Private Limited. All these companies have substantive experience in this field in India and other countries.

Deputy High Commissioner of India Mr. Robert Shetkintong told the gathering that India and Tanzania enjoyed long standing friendly and strong relations, political, economic and at the level of our peoples. In 2016, India was the largest trading partner for Tanzania and Tanzania’s exports to India constituted nearly 20% of Tanzania’s global exports. Mr. Shetkintong mentioned that development partnership was an important aspect of the growing India-Tanzania relations. He noted that when the Indian Prime Minister visited Tanzania in July 2016 and met the Tanzanian President Dr. John Magufuli, the two leaders had identified ‘water’ as an important sector for cooperation in the coming years. He added that India was considering further assistance and partnership in the water sector.

Apart from the Line of Credit of US$268.35 million for water supply projects in Tabora, Igunga and Nzega, Minister Lwenge mentioned other projects funded by India including the Line of Credit of USD 178.13 million for enhancing water supply in Dar-es- Salaam and Chalinze regions, and Line of Credit of USD 92 million for the enhancement of water supply system in Zanzibar. Dignitaries who addressed the gathering commended the Government of India for funding the water supply projects.

Dar es Salaam
2 May 2017