“Tanzania is making important strides in strengthening democratic governance, economic liberalization and its health systems,” said Prime Minister Harper. “The development projects we are announcing today will further contribute to promoting prosperity and well being in Tanzania, while further strengthening the economic and social partnership between our two countries.”
The initiatives announced today will help save the lives of women and children in Tanzania by providing thousands with access to the health services and care they need; promote greater transparency, accountability and good governance in the public and private sectors, particularly in the management of resources in extractive industries; and, facilitate effective conflict prevention and peace operations being undertaken by the Tanzanian Peacekeeping Training Centre in Dar-es-Salaam.
Tanzania is one of Canada’s key partners in Africa. The two countries have delivered programs that have; increased access to financial services in Tanzania; helped reduce the maternal and infant mortality rate; contributed to the immunization of millions of children and pregnant women; and helped increase the enrolment of youth in community-focused HIV/AIDS prevention and care programs.
Prime Minister Harper and President Kikwete served recently as co-Chairs of the UN Commission on Information and Accountability for Women and Children's Health.