EU grants Dar 70bn/- to ease Covid-19 impacts

15Sep 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
EU grants Dar 70bn/- to ease Covid-19 impacts

​​​​​​​THE European Union (EU) is to provide Tanzania with 70bn/- in grant aid to combat effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the country’s economy.

President of the EU Council, Charles Michel.

The pledge was given by the President of the EU Council, Charles Michel when receiving credentials from Tanzania Ambassador in Belgium who is also accredited to the EU head offices in Brussels, Ambassador Jestas Nyamanga.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation said in a statement yesterday that the event was held at the EU headquarters.

President Michel said part of the money will be used to construct electricity and water infrastructures in government hospitals, health centres and dispensaries.

The EU was stepping in to support efforts by of the Tanzania government in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, noting that the issuance of the funds was in the final stages of being effected.

“The EU is ready to increase its cooperation with Tanzania and other African countries in the fight against Covid-19 and its effects on the economy,” he said.

Ambassador Nyamanga applauded EU member states for allowing air travel to countries that have experienced intense reduction in Covid-19 infections, including Tanzania. 

This aid extension shall help the country scale up tourism and other sectors, the envoy noted.

On August 20, Constantine Kanyasu, the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism asserted that the tourism sector is facing a hard period, like never before since independence.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic in the second quarter of the year the number of tourists to various sites of attraction had plummeted, noting that the sector depends on income from tourist visitations by 95 per cent in its operational income.

The more affected   institutions are the Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA), the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority (NCA), the Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA) and the Tanzania Forest Services Agency (TFS), he added.

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