May 19, 2011
1. On May 19, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement with the Government of United Republic of Tanzania to provide a loan of up to a total of 1.5 billion yen for the Eighth Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC8).
2. Unlike project loans for infrastructure development and other such work, this programme falls under the rubric of Development Policy Lending. The Government of Tanzania has established concrete policy objectives and actions as measures toward achieving its National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty, known by its Swahili name of MKUKUTA, which has been given top priority in national planning. This programme will support the Government of Tanzania in implementing actions and achieving those objectives.
3. With the aim of reducing poverty through economic growth, MKUKUTA is organized around three clusters: growth and reduction of income poverty, improved quality of life and social well-being, and good governance and accountability. JICA has provided poverty reduction support credit to the Government of Tanzania in the past, and is currently reviewing the status of policy and system reforms with thirteen other donors including the World Bank, providing similar financial assistance. This Japanese ODA loan came about as the result of an evaluation of the efforts the Government of Tanzania has made toward reforms, with a focus on the achievement of policy objectives related to infrastructure.
4. JICA has dispatched policy dialogue experts to Tanzania for policy formulation and system improvements, with a focus on the vulnerability in the infrastructure sector. Also, in the fields of agriculture and governance, JICA has assisted policy formulation and the construction of an implementation framework at the central and local government levels through technical cooperation. JICA is thus not only providing financial assistance to the Tanzanian government with this loan, but also supporting efforts to achieve MKUKUTA through active participation in locally held meetings and providing policy formulation. Assistance is being provided with cooperation from thirteen donors, including the World Bank.
5. JICA's policy is to provide ongoing cooperation in the socio-economic development of Tanzania, effectively combining policy and system improvements through financial assistance by poverty reduction support credit and infrastructure improvements by project loans and technical cooperation projects.
|Programme title||Amount (million yen)||Annual interest rate (%)||Repayment period (years)||Deferment period (years)||Procurement|
|Eighth Poverty Reduction Support Credit||1,500||0.01||—||40||10||General untied|
Ministry of Finance, the United Republic of Tanzania
Address: P.O. Box 9111, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Phone: +255 (22) 211-1174, fax: +255 (22) 211-0326
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