Diplomatist Special Report - Tanzania Tanzania 2018 - Page 47

India and Tanzania enjoy a vibrant business and commercial relationship. India is a leading trading partner of Tanzania, comprising 18 percent of Tanzania’s foreign trade. Development Partnership Development partnership between India and Tanzania dates back to the 1960s, comprising of technical cooperation, capacity building and joint projects.Tanzania is a major beneficiary of training courses allocated under India’s ITEC/SCAAP programmes, and under IAFS capacity building cooperation. Starting with 24 trainees annually in 1972, it has gradually increased to about 400 trainees for Tanzania in 2017-18. 24 scholarships for undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral degrees were offered to Tanzanian nationals for the academic year 2018-19 by ICCR under the Commonwealth Scholarship/Fellowship Plan and General Cultural Scholarship Scheme. India has executed a number of projects under government grants and soft loans in Tanzania. Three IT/Communication projects have been completed: A Centre of Excellence in ICT at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology by C-DAC in 2011; ICT Centre at the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science & Technology by C-DAC in 2016 and the Pan African e-Network Project by TCIL in 2010. India set up a radiation therapy machine at Bugando Medical Centre, Mwanza through Panacea Technologies in July 2016. India also extended support of US$250,000 for Kagera earthquake relief in September 2016. In August 2017, over 1,30,000 NCERT Science & Mathematics text books for Secondary Public Schools in Tanzania from India were handed over to the Minister of Education, Science, Technology & Vocational Training. A Vocational Training Centre (VTC) is currently being established under an Indian grant in Zanzibar Islands. Hydrography cooperation towards navigational charts of harbours and capacity building support is another active area of bilateral cooperation. Under a Credit Line of US$ 178.125 million for development of water supply projects in Dar-es-Salaam and coastal Chalinze region, the water supply project from Upper Ruvu River to Dar es Salaam was completed in August 2016. This was inaugurated by the Tanzanian President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli on 21 June 2017. Works has been ongoing on the Chalinze and water distribution networks in Dar es Salaam, but is facing delays. Earlier, a Credit Line of US$ 36.56 million for supply of trucks and other vehicles to the Tanzanian People’s Defence Force (TPDF) was executed in 2013-14. Another Credit Line of US$ 40 million for supply of tractors and agricultural equipment was completed in 2013. India has also extended a Credit Line of US$ 268.35 million for water supply projects in Tabora, Igunga and Nzega in western Tanzania. President of Tanzania Dr. John Magufuli and High Commissioner of India presided over the ceremony for the commencement of the works for the water project in July 2017. During the Prime Minister’s visit in July 2016, a Credit Line of US $92 million for rehabilitation and improvement of water supply system in Zanzibar was signed. The agreement became effective on 20 February 2017 and an agency for preparing DPR has been identifi ed. LOC of US$ 500 million for water projects in 17 towns in Tanzania was approved in 2017. LOC Agreement is currently being fi nalised. Indian Community Tanzania has about 50,000 people of Indian origin [referred to as Asians], which are concentrated in the major urban centres of Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza, Dodoma, Morogoro, Zanzibar, and Mbeya. The vast majority are from Gujarat, mainly from Kutch and Kathiawad regions whose ancestors came to this region [Zanzibar and Tanganyika] in several phases starting from early 19th century as merchants, sailors and workers. The Indian origin community is active in the fi eld of trade and industry in Tanzania. There are about 10,000 Indian nationals [expatriates], mainly professionals, who live and work in Tanzania, mainly in industry and services. There are about twenty Indian/Asian community organisations active in Tanzania. These groups regularly organise Indian festivals and social events mostly with local participation and occasionally by inviting performing artistes from India. In January 2017, a Convention of Indian Diaspora brought together members of the community from different parts of Tanzania. Source: High Commission of India, Dar es Salaam TANZANIA• 47