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March 11, 2014

Signing of Grant Aid Agreement with Tanzania
—Boosting the Zanzibar Fisheries Industry through Port Fish Market Improvements—

Today, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania to provide grant aid of up to 935 million yen for the Project for Development of Malindi Fish Landing and Marketing Facilities in Zanzibar.

In Tanzania’s Zanzibar Archipelago off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, the fisheries industry is a major industry that provides a living for the country’s residents accounting for 7.2 percent of GDP (fish production: 28,759 tons in 2011, valued at approximately 5.14 billion yen). Employing approximately one-fourth of the labor force, the fisheries industry also plays an important role in employment. Due to deferred development of unloading facilities, however, marine products are handled far after their freshness peak, and waste produced during processing is disposed in the sea, causing sanitation problems, as well as productivity and distribution challenges.

This project will be conducted in Malindi, the largest fishing port in the Zanzibar Archipelago and a major distribution base for marine products headed to Zanzibar City, the largest market for consumption. The fishing wharf and seawall of the Malindi fishing port will undergo repairs, along with improvements to the nearby unloading and market facilities. Through these measures, the project aims to create a safe, efficient work environment, improve the freshness of marine products, and otherwise contribute to the stable supply of quality seafood, particularly at Malindi.

The project is expected to create a safe, sanitary and efficient work environment, and achieve quality improvements in marine products that can be supplied in a stable manner, thereby further boosting the marine industry in Tanzania.

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photoAn architect’s rendition of the completed facilities

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