Canada Announces New Support to Enhance Sustainable Economic Growth and Development in Tanzania

During his third trade mission to Africa, Minister Fast announces new Canadian contributions that will help reduce poverty, improve electoral processes, increase access to financial services for citizens and improve the quality of education in Tanzania

June 26, 2014 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced new Canadian contributions that will accelerate economic growth and development in Tanzania.

Canada will work with the Tanzanian government to reach several objectives, including providing Tanzanians with better access to quality social services in health and education and increasing public sector management capacity and accountability at all levels of government. These objectives, if achieved, will contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction. Canada will also help the Government of Tanzania ensure that Tanzanian teachers acquire the skills they need to provide quality education at the primary and secondary school levels.

By working with the United Nations Development Programme, Canada will help strengthen electoral processes in Tanzania, which will facilitate an enhanced democratic environment and greater stability. Canada will also work with Tanzania’s Financial Sector Deepening Trust to increase access to financial services for small-scale enterprises and poor women and men working in agricultural and remote areas of the country. Such services enable entrepreneurs and individuals to grow their businesses, increase their revenues and become important engines of economic growth in their communities.

“Tanzania’s commitment to peace and stability, as well as its effective collaboration with partners in Africa and on the world stage, make it an invaluable partner for Canada,” said Minister Fast. “We continue to encourage sustainable economic development to create prosperity for all Tanzanians. It is also important to create conditions where each citizen has access to quality education and fair democratic representation.”

Canada’s international development efforts in Tanzania contribute to poverty reduction by focusing on improving the lives of children and youth, increasing sustainable economic growth and strengthening governance.

Quick Facts

  • Tanzania is one of the designated countries of focus for Canada’s international development assistance.
  • Tanzania is one of the countries where Canada is focusing its work to improve maternal, newborn and child health.
  • Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania co-chaired the 2010 UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health.
  • In May 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper hosted Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach, an international summit on maternal, newborn and child health issues, in Toronto, Ontario. The summit provided an opportunity for domestic and international partners to focus on a common goal of global importance: eliminating the preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children in developing countries. Tanzanian President Kikwete participated as a co-chair at this event.

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