UN disburses $160 million to Tanzania for development projects
London, Oct. 19, 2017 (AltAfrika) — The United Nations says it has disbursed 160 million U.S. dollars to the government of Tanzania between January and October this year for various development projects.
Alvaro Rodriguez, the Resident Coordinator for the UN Systems in Tanzania, said the UN spends an average of 200 million U.S. dollars to support development projects in Tanzania annually.
He was addressing a news conference in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam ahead of the UN’s 72nd anniversary on Oct. 24.
Rodriguez said half of the financial support was directed to refugees and the remaining half to various development projects.
He said 72 years of UN operations were paramount to Tanzanian development, considering there were a number of challenges, including the influx of the refugees and the impact of climate change, which the east African country could not overcome single-handedly.
“Tanzania and the UN have had a good relationship in many years. While this country experiences various changes toward an industrial economy, the UN will extend their support in making sure the goal is achieved,” said Rodriguez.
He said the UN was committed to supporting Tanzania in its industrial economy agenda by investing in technical support through its agencies.