Egypt donates  medicines, medical  devices to Tanzania

Egypt donates medicines, medical devices to Tanzania

THE government through the Ministry of Health has received medicines and medical devices worth 864m/- donated by Egypt to complement its efforts in fighting different diseases in the country.

The consignment was handed over yesterday to the government by the Egyptian Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Mohamed Gaber Abouelwafa. Receiving the package, on behalf of the Minister for Health, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Professor Abel Makubi, said the support has come following last year’s visit of President Samia Suluhu Hassan to Egypt.

“We thank President Samia for her initiatives on cooperating with the Government of Egypt, especially on improving health services,” he said.

Prof Makubi noted that the consignment will be channeled to support the needs in different health facilities across the country. For his part, the Egyptian envoy to Tanzania Ambassador Abouelwafa said their support is a result of President Samia’s continued efforts in bringing development, especially in the health sector by fighting a number of diseases.

“The Government of Egypt will continue cooperating with Tanzania on improving the health sector in line with supporting President Samia’s ambition on the sector,” he assured.

During her state visit to Egypt in November last year, President Samia and her host, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi also agreed to strengthen bilateral ties and improve the trade relations between the two countries.

“In the joint projects, we have agreed to work closely in agriculture, livestock and fisheries, where Tanzania can benefit greatly from Egyptian technology and expertise,” she noted.

Giving out statistics, President Samia said the economic ties between the two countries have continued to grow, especially in the areas of trade and investment, saying trade volume increased to 87.3bn/- in 2020 up from 84.3bn/- that was recorded in 2018. President Samia revealed that the country through the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) registered a total of 26 projects from Egypt worth 1.3billion US dollars that have created 2,206 jobs.

“We invite more Egyptian investors to come and explore investment opportunities in Tanzania,” said President Samia, adding that the country has continued to enjoy peace, stability and tranquility that have provided the opportunity for the government to focus its efforts to strengthen the economy and provide social services.

Expounding further, President Samia told her Egyptian counterpart that Tanzania’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is projected to grow by 4.6 per cent in this and next year. During their talks, President Samia also extended appreciation to the Egyptian government for the technical support on the implementation of the ongoing construction of the Julius Nyerere Hydro Power Project (JNHPP).

She said the JNHPP, which is one of the biggest national strategic projects in Tanzania, reflects the depth of the special relations shared by the two countries.

The project, whose completion is expected to produce 2,115 megawatts of electricity, is being implemented by a consortium of Egyptian companies that include Arab Contractors Company and El Sewedy Electric.

“Tanzania has also been a recipient of a number of scholarships and capacity building training programmes from the Government of Egypt; this support has played a vital role in building capacity, increasing knowledge, skills and expertise of our public officials,” she acknowledged.

President Samia on the other hand commended President El-Sisi for his move to commence teaching Kiswahili language in the leading institutions in Egypt, saying Tanzania is ready to support by deploying professional teachers.

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