The Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office (Union and Environment) Mussa Zungu, made this affirmation after holding talks with Italian Ambassador Roberto Mengoni. The envoy has assured the government that the Italian pledge would be carried out, he declared.
“The money was to be given to Tanzania in 2016. But the money could not be given because there was a change in leadership in Italy. Now we have been assured that the money will be delivered. On behalf of the government I thank the Italian government for this timely support,” Zungu said.
The money would be gainfully used and would greatly help Tanzania protect the environment by toning down the effects of climate change.
The minister thanked Italy for making protection of the world’s environment one of its priorities.
Effects of climate change were transboundary, he said, underscoring the value of international cooperation in mitigating the effects. Italian support would help Tanzania protect the environment for generations to come, he emphasized.
Minister Zungu also said they discussed the protection of beaches, water sources and use of alternative energy sources, exploring ways and means of turning solid waste into friendly energy for domestic and other uses.
Energy sources currently in use, mainly fossil fuels, were doing great harm to the environment, he said.
They also discussed the issue of European countries damping toxic waste in some African countries, which the minister said contributes greatly to harming Africa’s environment.
Ambassador Mengoni said Italy would strengthen existing friendship between the two countries even with leadership changes in Italy.
“This financial support is proof of continued good relations between our countries and in making sure the environment remains friendly to human life and other creatures.”
Italy was cooperating with Tanzania in other important areas such as use of solid waste and pursuit of alternative energy sources, he added.