Tanzania: Japanese government interested to support regional integration agenda

The EAC Secretary General, Dr Richard Sezibera. The EAC Secretary General, Dr Richard Sezibera.

Deputy Ambassador of Japan to the United Republic of Tanzania, Mr Hiroyuki Kubota, underscored Japan’s commitment to support and engage the EAC in various development projects and programmes between the two regions.

“The Government of Japan firmly believes that in order to foster socio-economic development, the involvement of the private sector is crucial, therefore the Government of Japan is committed to facilitating the involvement of the private sector in both regions to play its critical role in the EAC integration agenda,” he remarked.

The EAC Secretary General, Dr Richard Sezibera, expressed his appreciation to the Government of Japan for the ongoing support to the EAC both at the regional as well as bilateral levels.

“The collaboration with Japan ranks highly in terms of its contributions toward deeper EAC integration,” he noted.

Dr Sezibera highlighted Japan’s critical role in supporting the EAC agenda, noting her support in the development of the One Stop Border Posts (both hard and soft infrastructure); development of the Vehicle Load Control and the One Stop Border Post laws that are currently under going gazettement; co-financing with African Development Bank of the Arusha – Namanga – Athi River Road and various ports projects at the bilateral levels.

Present at the consultations was Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Tanzania Office, Chief Representative, Mr Toshio Nagase who underscored Japan’s commitment to deliver on all projects committed under the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), reaffirming that those with various implementation challenges would soon be back on track, such as the Bujumbura Port Project.

Mr Nagase further informed the meeting that preparations for TICAD VI were underway and will address two thematic areas: human resources development and regional connectivity.

“I call upon the EAC to propose priority projects under TICAD VI that are aligned to the two TICADV and VI themes,” he added. The two parties agreed to look into modalities of hosting a side event, jointly sponsored by EAC and Japan, on the sidelines of TICAD VI slated for August 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya.

JICA is a governmental agency that coordinates official development assistance for the government of Japan. It is chartered with assisting economic and social growth in developing countries, and the promotion of international cooperation.

TICAD was launched in 1993 at the initiative of the Government of Japan, with the dual objective of promoting high-level political dialogue between Africa and its development partners and mobilizing support in favour of African development initiatives.

In a different development, earlier on, Ambassador Katarina Rangnitt, the Swedish envoy to Tanzania and the EAC, said cooperation among the five EAC Partner States was crucial to relations between Sweden and East Africa.

Ambassador Rangnitt was speaking when she presented her credentials to the EAC Secretary General, Dr Richard Sezibera here.

Source: Daily News