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October 18, 2010

Grant Agreement for Two Projects; "Project for HIV/AIDS Control" and "Project for the Improvement of Display and Audiovisual Equipment for the Visitor Centre at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area"

PhotoMr. Katsuta of JICA Tanzania and Mr. Khijjah of Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs

On October 18, 2010, JICA Tanzania and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania signed two grant agreements for Japanese grant aid projects: the Project for HIV/AIDS Control, worth approximately 2 billion Tsh (115 million JY/1.35 million USD) and the Project for the Improvement of Display and Audiovisual Equipment for the Visitor Centre at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, worth approximately 840 million Tsh (48 million JY/0.56 million USD).

In terms of fight against HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases, Japan has for many years been supporting this country.  With the assistance of this grant aid, the total amount of Japanese aid for HIV test kits, drugs and equipment for control of HIV/AIDS for eight years will reach 2.4 billion yen, or approximately 30 billion Tshs. (http://www.jica.go.jp/tanzania/english/activities/health_04.html )

The Cultural Grant Aid for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area includes display and audiovisual equipment for the Visitor Center with panels, videos, maps and authentic models of the craters of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and complements the Visitor Centre, which was built by the Japanese company Mitsubishi-Corporation as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

PhotoVisitor Center at Inaguration Ceremony

Mr. Yukihide KATSUTA, Chief Representative of JICA Tanzania, and Mr. Ramadhani M. Khijjah, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, signed the Grant Agreements after the signing of Exchange of Notes by Japanese Ambassador.

At the ceremony, H.E. Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Ambassador of Japan renewed his country's assurance of continued engagement in the promotion of Japanese economic cooperation and investments to Tanzania, as well as enhanced public-private partnership projects in Tanzania with the Government of Japan and Japanese firms.

Exchange Rate: 1 USD=85 yen=1480 Tsh.(October 13, 2010)

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