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Message from the Chief Representative

I arrived in Dar es Salaam in March 2019, to take up my new assignment as the Chief Representative of JICA Tanzania Office, succeeding my predecessor Mr. Toshio Nagase.

Although this is my first time assignment to Africa, I would like to contribute to the development of Tanzania with all my best utilizing my knowledge and experience I have.

The region that constitutes the United Republic of Tanzania has played an important role as a trading hub in East Africa, with its interaction with the Arabian and the Indian for long time, due to its geographical characteristics facing the Indian Ocean. Kiswahili, the current national language of Tanzania, was used in those international trade. The fusion of Africa and Asia (mostly Arab) created its own unique language on the East African coast.

There are more than 120 ethnic groups in Tanzania today, but they are united as one country, recognizing each other's identity. Kiswahili has also played a major role in this process. The first President Mwalimu Nyerere made Kiswahili the official language and unified the national language. And he assigned the important positions of the country while thinking about the balance between ethnic groups. The policy of bringing country together has been passed down from generation to generation and it has still brought stability to Tanzania.

I will do my best what JICA can do for Tanzania, East Africa and Africa. And I want more people to know Tanzania. It is hopeful that a new fusion will arise by the intersection of Tanzania and JICA. We are looking forward to seeing you at JICA Tanzania Office.

April 2019
Naofumi YAMAMURA
Chief Representative
JICA Tanzania Office

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